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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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justice-2060093_1920-300x200Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned effective immediately. His Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been named as acting attorney general in his place. The AG, a champion of civil asset forfeiture—he reinstated a federal forfeiture program that had been restricted by Eric Holder, his predecessor. Without the attorney at the Department of Justice (DOJ), there is uncertainty over the future of this program.

The AG faced bipartisan opposition for his championing of civil asset forfeiture. “I’m amazed these people don’t get it. We had a reform in early 2001… relieved some of the concerns from our libertarians,” said the attorney general in 2017. The Obama administration, he continued, “actually curtailed this program for the last several years, but we’re going to keep it out there. And as long as we can, we will be doing it.”
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