Civil forteifure seizures to be halted without proving a crime has occurred

From Washington post:

“Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.

Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.

The program has enabled local and state police to make seizures and then have them “adopted” by federal agencies, which share in the proceeds. The program allowed police departments and drug task forces to keep up to 80 percent of the proceeds of the adopted seizures, with the rest going to federal agencies.”

Holder’s decision follows a Washington Post investigation published in September that found that police have made cash seizures worth almost $2.5 billion from motorists and others without search warrants or indictments since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Post found that local and state police routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, pressed them to agree to warrantless searches and seized large amounts of cash without evidence of wrongdoing. The law allows such seizures and forces the owners to prove their property was legally acquired in order to get it back.

Police spent the seizure proceeds with little oversight, in some cases buying luxury cars, high-powered weapons and military-grade gear such as armored cars, according to an analysis of Justice Department data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.”

The rest here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/holder-ends-seized-asset-sharing-process-that-split-billions-with-local-state-police/2015/01/16/0e7ca058-99d4-11e4-bcfb-059ec7a93ddc_story.html

Fucking POS Holder has done the only thing in his tenure that I agree with. I could spend all day and page after page on a swearing rant just to describe that little militant piece of crap.

Since it was done by him, there is probably a catch that actually makes things worse, but on the surface it appears that this most unconstitutional practice wil be halted

4 responses to “Civil forteifure seizures to be halted without proving a crime has occurred

  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Holder has NEVER done anything to promote justice or uphold the law in his life. I sincerely doubt this will be an exception.

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  3. How does this effect a case currently in the system. property and monry siezed without a conviction.

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