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Articles Tagged with Civil Asset Forfeiture

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pexels-karolina-grabowska-4386157-300x200Since the inception of the United States of America, the founding fathers strived to create laws that protect the freedom of the people. They authored the Bill of Rights to institutionalize the well-being of American citizens. The Declaration of Independence even provides the people with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Entrenched in the constitution are important amendments that declare the legitimacy of people’s rights. The Fourth Amendment states that the people hold rights over “their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” It also guarantees that issuing a warrant should have “a probable cause particularly describing things to be seized.”

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pexels-sora-shimazaki-5668481-300x200A retiree and his daughter filed a lawsuit against two government agencies in Pittsburg in January 2020 after his cash was allegedly confiscated at the airport using civil asset forfeiture.

The plaintiffs sued the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to the suit, the retiree kept his money at home because he mistrusted the banking system. Due to a recent change of residence, however, he had no choice but to deposit his savings in a bank.

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pexels-krisztian-kormos-3526039-300x200President Biden’s new nominee for Associate Attorney General, Vanita Gupta, is under scrutiny by Senate Republicans. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have called for her to undergo a second hearing before letting her appointment advance due to various concerns, including some surrounding civil asset forfeiture.

The reason for the pause in deliberations of Ms. Gupta’s appointment is her alleged misleading answers to committee questions on her advocacies. According to the Republican senators, she was dishonest in her “support for eliminating qualified immunity, her support for decriminalizing all drugs, her support for defunding the police, and her death penalty record” as well as civil asset forfeiture.

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josh-appel-NeTPASr-bmQ-unsplash-300x225Local police in North Carolina and U.S. Homeland Security agents raided multiple video gambling businesses in two counties and seized almost $760,000 using asset forfeiture.

For over a year, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) received reports of alleged illegal video gambling operations in the county. There were a variety of complaints made regarding these alleged businesses. Families were accusing members of spending their paychecks or COVID-19 stimulus checks at these purported gambling sites. There were also reports of armed individuals around these areas, patrons getting mugged as soon as they stepped out, drug trafficking and overdoses, and more.

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pexels-yash-lucid-1466335-300x200Last Friday, the sheriff’s office in San Diego confiscated large amounts of marijuana and marijuana products from an allegedly illegal marijuana dispensary using asset forfeiture. In the early morning hours last Friday, the sheriff’s office searched and seized about 100 pounds of marijuana and other drug products at a store on 3000 Oro Street in El Cajon.

News reports do not specify what made the dispensary illegal; It is not yet clear whether that label was due to a paperwork error or some other factor.  Marijuana has been legal for recreational use in California since 2016.

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