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person-holding-fountain-pen-753695-288x300The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution guards American citizens against illegal search and seizure of property. But when a law enforcement official does initially have reasonable cause, what happens to the property (including cash) after it is determined no crime was committed after all?

 

This is at the heart of the issue with civil asset forfeiture. And it is being addressed in many states, including New Jersey. As this blog recently covered, in January 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S1963) requiring disclosure and transparency requirements for civil asset forfeiture. New Jersey joins a number of states that have moved in this direction at the request of several citizens’ watchdog groups, including the ACLU-NJ and Americans for Prosperity and the AFP Foundation.

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bill-oxford-udXD2NrbXS8-unsplash-300x200A white nationalist with links to Neo-Nazis who is also a former candidate for Senate from Florida was arrested on a warrant from South Carolina identifying him as a fugitive, news sources report. Occurring at Melbourne Square Mall, Augustus Sol Invictus, who had previously spoken at a rally leading to three deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia, was taken into custody by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The warrant is based on several substantial charges including possession of a firearm, kidnapping, and domestic violence. However, the warrant does not include any of the facts which support these charges. It is not yet known if Invictus has hired an attorney Continue reading

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auditorium-benches-chairs-class-207691-300x214An officer was assaulted and nine students arrested after a fight at a high school in Melbourne, Florida on December 10. The report indicates that one adult was also arrested. It is unclear if any of the involved parties acquired the services of an attorney.

The events took place at Palm Bay Magnet High School on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 10. Officers from the Melbourne Police Department were dispatched after two students were involved in the start of the fight during school hours, sources say. 

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action-asphalt-automobile-automotive-303313-300x190A resident of Lee County, Florida has been arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer. Christopher Ted Duluk is accused of pulling at least one motorist over through the use of an illegally equipped vehicle. His vehicle was seized after his arrest. It is not yet known if the accused is represented by an attorney or plans to retain an attorney.

 Law enforcement alleges that Duluk, using a 2009 Bentley equipped with police-style lights and sirens, attempted to pull over at least one person. Furthermore, the Bentley was equipped with antennas, a yellow official state of Florida license plate, and a device which is used to measure speed similar to the kind often used by law enforcement. 

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chairs-classroom-college-289740-300x200A Pembroke Pines middle school teacher and junior varsity football coach was arrested Tuesday for allegedly inappropriately texting and soliciting a student.

Leverick Ladarius Johnson, 26, was charged with solicitation, cruelty towards a child, sexual battery by a custodian, and obscene communication with a child. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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