Sessions argues that increased civil forfeiture powers gives law enforcement officials an effective tool to go after lawbreakers. The ability to freeze funds and seize assets allows authorities to hit alleged criminals where it hurts the most – their wallets.Is theft still theft when the government can do it?
But Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who sponsored legislation earlier this year to regulate asset forfeiture, said Sessions’ agenda is “a troubling step backward” that would “bring back a loophole that’s become one of the most flagrantly abused provisions of this policy.”
He added, “Criminals shouldn’t be able to keep the proceeds of their crime, but innocent Americans shouldn’t lose their right to due process, or their private property rights, in order to make that happen.”
There have been multiple cases where the authorities have stepped on the paper-thin protections people have against asset forfeiture.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas also has gone on the record about asset forfeiture reform in the past.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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