Veteran Robbed of $60k+ for Marijuana Smell; Never Charged

Court ruled a veteran robbed of over sixty thousand dollars by Nebraska State Troopers and the DEA had no right to object to the robbery. No matter what Eric Holder promised, civil forfeiture is still going strong. According to the Institute of Justice’s Mark Brewer, writing at Forbes.com, a recent decision by the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has made sure that such open thievery will continue in many Midwestern states. We just need to face up to the fact that the Feds expect and want Read more […]

Newspaper Warns Citizens about Police South of the Border

Citizens are warned that, south of the border, police are committing robbery. Canadians must be careful! How many of us are used to warnings about the police in other countries—like Mexico—who will pull you over, and shake you down for a bribe? Now read this major news article from Canada. And come to grips with the fact that other nations are feeling the need to warn their own citizens about that exact kind of criminal behavior by law enforcement… in the United States! [See also, Read more […]

Why You Can’t Just Blame the IRS

As satisfying as it is to blame the IRS, sometimes more blame belongs elsewhere. At Forbes.com, Rick Unger (who “writes from the Left” according to his profile) has posted an excellent follow-up to the New York Times piece on the IRS klepto-regime: “A New IRS Horror Story that Makes Past Scandals Pale in Comparison.” His words are forceful. For example: The New York Times reports that there were 114 of these seizures in 2005. However, in 2012, the last statistics available, the Read more […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture Makes Police into Organized Crime

In many cases—and egregiously here in Tennessee—police have essentially become part of organized crime through civil asset forfeiture. Police officers routinely seize money and property from innocent people, without ever charging them, let alone proving them guilty of a crime. This was brought home to me in a recent post at the Daily Signal: “Time to Change Course: Stop Letting Police Seize Property from Innocent People.” “[Civil Asset Forfeiture] should be abolished.” That’s Read more […]

Civil Forfeiture Gone Wild: City of Brotherly Love Rapes Residents

You would think after all the posts I have written and read for this blog this column on civil forfeiture from Forbes.com wouldn’t be that surprising to me. But it is enraging. We are governed by locusts, leeches, parasites that don’t know how to stop before they kill the host. We are dominated by vampires, enemies of humanity, wolves posing as watchdogs (or watchdogs gone feral. What is the difference?). These people seem to think they have “ascended” to a higher level—higher on the food Read more […]

Rand Paul Is Trying to Fix Asset Forfeiture

We have written many times about “civil forfeiture” or “asset forfeiture” (see here, here, here, etc). It involves the police taking your property. The idea is that you should lose what you have gained by crime. But the law works so that you don’t have to be convicted. If the cops grab it you have to prove that you should get it back. According to Radley Balko in the Washington Post, “Rand Paul introduces bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.” The law, called the Fifth Amendment Read more […]

Man Robbed By Armed Thief–Armed with Gun and Badge

The government gives Deputy Lee Dove a badge and a gun. This is what happened next. From Police State USA: After a successful run at the casinos in Las Vegas, a man carrying a large sum of cash fell victim to a thieving police officer on his way back to California.  Without charging him with a crime or even giving him a speeding ticket, the cop seized 50,000 and let him go.  This practice of highway robbery is perfectly legal. Tan Nguyen was the lucky gambler who was stopped along I-80 in Read more […]

Supreme Court Says Verdict Before Trial: Grand Juries Can Destroy Your Ability To Defend Yourself

When Slate tells me a Supreme Court decision is “terrible” there is a fifty-fifty or better chance that I will think it is wonderful. After all, Slate is a Lefist (“progressive,” they would say) rag. So I would expect to rejoice in their bad news and grieve over their good news. Not this time. The Supreme Court has caused grief for all of us. The decision was about the evil and malignant practice of government plunder known as “asset forfeiture.” The idea behind this forfeiture is Read more […]

Thieves Forced To Pay Attorney Costs: Police Don’t Get To Get Away With Theft

Law enforcement officials don’t believe this, but people really do find it convenient sometimes to travel with large amounts of money. Law enforcement officials do find it convenient that ninety percent of all U.S. currency, when tested, shows trace amounts of illegal narcotics. So, when Nebraska police pulled over a husband/wife couple on a speeding violation and managed to convince them to voluntarily allow them to search the vehicle, they must have believed they hit pay dirt. As the Heritage Read more […]