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cab-hand-iphone-34239-300x200Uber driver Joseph Soriero suffered multiple injuries and had to have his ear reattached after he was accosted in a road rage incident at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the person who violently attacked Soriero was identified as Christian Alexander Gordon of West Park.

Gordon, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery inflicting bodily hurt or disability. He was released on $10,000 bond. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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auditorium-benches-chairs-207691-300x214Broward County teacher Vincent Edward Grossi was arrested on May 1 on accusations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

Grossi, 54, faces one count of being an authority figure who solicited and engaged in a romantic relationship with a minor. He was ordered held on $5,000 bond and will be required to wear a GPS monitor if he is released from jail. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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Former Pastor Ricardo Strachan of Prophetic Worshipers International Church was arrested on August 15 for allegedly repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl.

Strachan, 40, faces one felony count of lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 16. He was released on $100,000 bond and is forbidden from having contact with the victim, the victim’s family, or any other minors.

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A series of bills currently working their way through the Michigan Legislature are designed to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. One bill, HB 4158, was introduced in 2017 by State Rep Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township). It would require a criminal conviction before property suspected of being involved in a crime could be seized.

 

If passed, the law would apply to property valued under $50,000. As a result, this bill would cover almost all instances of civil asset forfeiture in Michigan and so would give an additional layer of protection to citizens. It would not apply the higher-ticket items usually associated with drug racketeering.

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With civil asset forfeiture making a huge comeback under Jeff Sessions and the current justice department, having an understanding of the laws is more pertinent than ever.

Civil asset forfeiture laws vary by state, so depending on where you live, you might not need to worry about it at all. However, with federal laws possibly becoming more far-reaching and strict in the near future, it’s good to know what you’re up against. To start the new year, here are a some facts about civil asset forfeiture that might be surprising to you.

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