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city-3195717_1920-300x200After a lively debate, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville, Tennessee has agreed to renew its participation in a controversial federal civil asset forfeiture program called “equitable sharing.” Opponents from both the left and the right argue the program encourages “policing for profit.”

Civil asset forfeiture is the legal procedure where law enforcement can seize an individual’s property or cash without filing criminal charges. In most states, all that is required is the suspicion that the property was involved in a crime. In a criminal case, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. In Tennessee, in cases where a vehicle is seized, however, the burden of proving innocence lies with the property owner.
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justice-2071539_1920-300x225Three executives from a Southern California staffing firm have been charged with workers’ compensation and tax fraud. The defendants claim they are innocent and have filed a civil action lawsuit against their insurance company.

Luis Perez, age 49, was owner and operator of BaronHR LLC, a temporary employee staffing company. Scott Smith, age 36, acted as his director of safety, and Veronica Lake, age 47, was the company’s controller. Perez owned several staffing companies. Smith was also the sole director, CEO, CFO, and secretary of another staffing company, Titan Personnel Inc.
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bicycle-bike-blur-1251855-300x200Matthew James Walker of Hollywood, Florida was arrested Thursday for allegedly trying to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl.

Walker, 23, faces charges of aggravated stalking, attempted sexual battery, attempted burglary with assault, and two counts of criminal attempt to solicit. His bond was set at $250,000 and he was ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

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bicycle-bicycling-bike-1059291-300x199Nicole Vanderweit of Broward County, Florida was reportedly “distracted” when she crashed into a group of cyclists in Davie, killing two and injuring four.

According to news sources, the car crash occurred at around 8:30 a.m. on November 23 in the eastbound lanes of State Road 84, east of SW 148th Avenue in Davie.

The cyclists were members of a group called Cycling Family Broward. They regularly ride in the Davie area on weekends, although in much larger numbers. That Sunday’s ride began at 7:30 a.m. in Pembroke Pines and was to last for three hours, sources say.

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supreme-court-546279_1920-300x195On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case which could transform civil asset forfeiture in America. Groups from across the political spectrum presented briefs opposing civil asset forfeiture, asserting that civil forfeiture hurts business and is an affront to civil liberties.

Earlier this year, I reported on the case of Tyson Timbs. In 2013, he was arrested for selling four grams of heroin to an undercover police officer in Indiana. He was sentenced to five years of probation and a year of home arrest. Additionally, he paid legal fees in excess of $1,200 and attended a court-supervised drug treatment program.
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