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pexels-tim-samuel-5835325-300x200A recent case of roadside civil asset forfeiture put $346,000 in cash at stake. On November 17 of last year, federal officials pulled over a vehicle for an alleged moving violation. According to law enforcement records, the vehicle was a rental car cruising along in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

The driver was a woman who allegedly didn’t have a driver’s license. When asked, she allegedly showed the officers her Kuwaiti passport and an identification card that was not in English. The officer who performed the stop confronted two passengers in the vehicle and asked where they were headed. The police report indicates that the passengers seemed nervous and that their stories didn’t match.

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pexels-pixabay-534229-300x225According to a publication from Institute of Justice March 2010, California provides better protections to property owners when it comes to asset forfeiture laws compared to other states. But recently, the California District Attorneys Association’s CEO, Gregory Totten, revealed that substantial amounts of these funds had allegedly been misused. The new CEO’s priority is to restore trust and fidelity in the Association’s financial management through transparency.

The accusations of misuse came after former members of the California District Attorneys Association borrowed $2.8 with the purpose of “providing a statewide program of education and training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers in ethics and the proper use of laws permitting the seizure and forfeiture of assets under this chapter.” About $1.25 million of this cash was instead added to the group’s general fund, reports say.

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pexels-annam-w-1047442-300x211Rapper NBA Youngboy was arrested on suspected drug charges in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last Monday during a raid by Baton Rouge Police and the FBI. The Baton Rouge Street Crimes Division claims they received an anonymous tip about individuals brandishing guns in an abandoned lot. During the raid, 16 people were arrested and $79,000 was seized through civil asset forfeiture.

While the anonymous tip concerned weapons, the accused rapper was ultimately arrested on drug possession charges. NBA’s lawyer claims that not only did his client not have any illegal substances on him during the raid, but he was also unarmed. While only one illegal weapon was found during the raid, police and FBI seized a total of 14 firearms and $79,000 in cash. 

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pexels-pixabay-208643-300x221A former University of Florida researcher is accused of defrauding the federal government of $1.75 million, news sources report. Dr. Lin Yang, a former associate professor at the university, allegedly used a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant even though he had undisclosed foreign ties and affiliations. He allegedly used some of the funds inappropriately while working as a researcher under the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UF.

The Florida researcher’s residential property in Tampa is being seized by the DOJ acting under asset forfeiture. Reports did not mention whether he had hired an attorney.

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Downtown ChicagoIllinois’ Police Reform Bill is supposed to make police work impartial and non-discriminatory. However, the bill remains controversial and continues to aggravate civil rights advocates and legislators alike.

The over 760-page criminal justice reform bill ratified by the General Assembly would increase the state’s powers of decertifying police officers for questionable or even criminal behavior. It would likewise put an end to cash bail for countless criminal acts, necessitate the use of body cameras by police officers, and make other alterations believed to make policing evenhanded and without exploitation and fraud. Continue reading

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