July 26, 2014

Reining In Civil Forfeiture

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has sponsored a bill that would substantively limit the federal government's ability to seize private property under civil forfeiture laws. In simple terms, the federal government currently has the right to seize your money, vehicles, property, etc., without arresting you if it can allege that the goods were used in or connected to certain criminal activity. As Radley Balko discusses in a useful article, the feds often work hand in glove with local state agencies to circumvent those pesky state laws meant to limit these noxious property grabs.

Every now and then the libertarians cross over to the sunny side of the street.

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