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House Rejects Sessions Order Giving Cops More Power To Take Innocent People’s Stuff
Sep 13th, 2017 at 12:38pm
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Here is some good news for a change!

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Lawmakers from across the political spectrum are pushing back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ support for civil asset forfeiture.

U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday adopted a trio of bipartisan measures meant to rein in civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement practice that allows police to confiscate property from individuals without ever convicting them of a crime, and often without even charging them.

In a series of unanimous voice votes, the House moved to block the implementation of a Justice Department directive earlier this year that encouraged these types of seizures. In July, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was reversing Obama-era restrictions on adoptive forfeitures, which had allowed state and local law enforcement agencies to seize property suspected of being linked to a crime, before passing the civil cases off to federal prosecutors.

Although the DOJ’s policy change was accompanied by a handful of safeguards that officials claimed would protect against abuse, some House lawmakers were apparently not convinced. The three amendments all seek to deny federal funds to the department’s adoptive forfeiture program, effectively nullifying July’s announcement.

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), another reliable opponent of civil forfeiture, also spoke in favor of his version of the amendment, before urging his colleagues to take more aggressive legislative action to address abuses of the practice.

“Ultimately, this amendment is a starting point and we can’t stop here,”
he said. “America was founded on the principles of due process and property rights, and these principles must be vigorously defended.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-civil-asset-forfeiture_us_59b92315e...

I would echo Mr. Walbergs sentiments. This is a starting point and a good one. But we cannot lose sight of the ultimate goal, which is the end of the program of asset forfeiture.

We need to return to the principles of our founding- due process, property rights and the rule of law.
  

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Re: House Rejects Sessions Order Giving Cops More Power To Take Innocent People’s Stuff
Reply #1 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 12:40pm
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Re: House Rejects Sessions Order Giving Cops More Power To Take Innocent People’s Stuff
Reply #2 - Sep 13th, 2017 at 12:55pm
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Demos wrote on Sep 13th, 2017 at 12:40pm:

Indeed!

There is a lot of hand wringing these days about how awful things are, whether it is the hurricanes and the wildfires or the threat of nuclear war with North Korea, but I tend to think we are living in some of the best days the US has ever known, and that the future will be even better.

Actually this topic deserves its own thread...
« Last Edit: Sep 13th, 2017 at 1:05pm by TowardLiberty »  

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