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Articles Tagged with Civil Asset Forfeiture

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pexels-photo-534204-300x167A judge in Mobile, Alabama, questioned local law enforcement’s use of controversial civil asset forfeiture laws to seize four tow trucks from a Mobile-based SOS Towing, but rejected the company’s request to have the trucks returned.

Circuit Court Judge Wesley Pipes denied the towing company’s request for an injunction, saying there are other methods for the company to get the vehicles back.

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dollar-499481_1920-300x212People who lost money, cars, and homes to Philadephia’s civil asset forfeiture statutes are entitled to reimbursement if they file a claim by December 6.

The city settled a class action lawsuit last year and agreed to reform its civil forfeiture program—the legal practice that allows law enforcement agencies to seize cash, vehicles, and property that is suspected of being connected to a crime, sometimes without even charging or convicting the property owner for a crime.

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justice-2060093_1920-300x200A South Carolina judge has ruled the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws violate the state and federal constitutions.

Horry County Judge Steven H. John declared that the South Carolina’s forfeiture laws violate constitutional protections against excessive fines by allowing the government to seize amounts of cash and property disproportionate to the alleged crime.

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alabama-1611179_1920-300x287A federal class-action lawsuit recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is challenging the constitutionality of the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal practice that allows law enforcement to take possession of private property—cash, vehicles, real estate, etc.—if it is suspected of being connected to criminal activity. In many states, an individual doesn’t even need to be charged with a crime before their property is taken.

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dollar-499481_1920-300x212Police in Willmington, IL, are reportedly seeking to seize the vehicle of a 27-year-old man who was arrested in August for armed robbery.

According to documents filed by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, police are seeking to forfeit a 1997 GMC 2500 truck owned by Correy A. Ingram of Diamond.

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