Justice Department’s New Stance On Civil Asset Forfeiture Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Article from Rare by Bonnie Kristian.
On Tuesday evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo announcing his plan for a new position at the Justice Department, a “Director of Asset Forfeiture Accountability,” whose duties he described as follows:
The program in question includes two categories: criminal asset forfeiture and civil asset forfeiture. Criminal forfeiture is when the government confiscates money or stuff it believes you acquired through criminal activity for which you have been convicted. Sometimes this is reasonable — for instance, you shouldn’t get to keep something you stole — bu it has been abused or applied in really unreasonable ways.
While criminal asset forfeiture can be wrong, civil asset forfeiture is always wrong. This is when the government confiscates your money or property without convicting you of any crime. Civil asset forfeiture is policing for profit, plain and simple, and it hurts innocent people who are often left without plausible legal recourse. Even cops and Christian charities have been subject to this legalized theft.
Sadly, my hopes were in vain. In a statement accompanying the memo, Sessions reaffirmed his erroneous belief that asset forfeiture — the civil sort included — “is a key tool that helps law enforcement defund organized crime, take back ill-gotten gains and prevent new crimes from being committed, and it weakens the criminals and the cartels.”
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