What to do with all that civil asset forfeiture? Why not erect a fake hotel sign outside the county jail and make a fake ad starring you? That's what Sherriff Rick Staly thought would be fun. (more…)
An Alabama sheriff and prosecutor defended the disturbing practice of civil asset forfeiture. If there's any field of work where the profit motive should play as little role as possible, it's police work. Police officers wield an enormous...Show More Summary
It's called civil asset forfeiture. In 2015, $5 billion was taken "without basis." In 2000, I did a survey of all police departments in Kentucky. One small finding revealed a little-known fact about the practice of civil asset forfeiture (CAF): the average dollar amount seized was only $300.00. Show More Summary
We've long complained about civil asset forfeiture in the United States. Law enforcement agencies, thanks to a series of perverse incentives, have grown to love taking people's property (usually cash) without charging them for crimes. Show More Summary
The people of Castleberry refuse to accept civil asset forfeiture lying down. The police department of a small Alabama town was nearing bankruptcy due to a lack of ticket revenue, according to AL.com. The cash-strapped department and city council took drastic measures with an assets forfeiture program for those caught speeding. Show More Summary
A recent case of civil asset forfeiture abuse recently got its happy ending after musician Phil Parhamovich was stopped in Wyoming for not buckling his seatbelt and duped into signing away his interest on $92,000 in cash, an amount which he just reclaimed. ___________________________ Guest post by Tim Cushing of...
Another awful story of civil asset forfeiture abuse comes to us via German Lopez at Vox. But at least this one has a happy ending. The beginning, however, is anything but happy. Musician Phil Parhamovich made the mistake of driving in Wyoming without his seatbelt buckled. Show More Summary
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has taken a brief vacation from his "Responsible Encryption World Tour" to defend the merits of something equally questionable: civil asset forfeiture. [h/t Meaghan Ybos] As is the case with any...Show More Summary
A Kentucky man recently reclaimed his Ford F-250 pickup truck after it had been seized and kept for two years by the Customs and Border Patrol. The justification? Agents had found a few stray bullets in the center console. The owner,...Show More Summary
The morning of June 29, 2010, began much like any other day for Frank Ranelli, the owner of FAR Computers in Ensley, Alabama. Ranelli, who had owned his computer repair business just outside of Birmingham for more than two decades, was doing some paperwork in his windowless office when he heard loud banging on the front door. Show More Summary
ICE have become house-flippers, using the notorious and discredited "civil asset forfeiture" process to steal houses from people they say were involved in crime, then selling the houses to fund their operations, and more seizures of more houses. (more…)
Kim Dotcom, the owner of now defunct Megaupload.com, which used to be one of the biggest websites in the world, had his assets seized after the site was shut down by U.S. authorities. After an appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was unsuccessful, Dotcom made a plea......
Photo. AP Former Megaupload chief Kim Dotcom's long, wild ride through the courts has crashed into another setback, with the Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal in the 2012 seizure of his assets in New Zealand. More »
More good news on the forfeiture front: Nick Sibilla of forfeiture watchdogs Institute for Justice reports a federal judge has declared one of Indiana's civil asset forfeiture laws unconstitutional. In a major win for private property...Show More Summary
So the “consensus” got it wrong? Oh, my … tell me something I didn’t know: Climate change poses less of an immediate threat to the planet than previously thought because scientists got their modelling wrong, a new study has found. New research by British scientists reveals the world is being polluted and warming up less […]