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Law Taking on “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture Now in Effect

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Law Taking on “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture Now in Effect

by Mike Maharrey | Tenth Amendment Center | July 20, 2016

New Nebraska Law Taking on “Policing for Profit” Via Asset Forfeiture Now in Effect

Sovereign Solutions Editor’s Note:

There is not much more certain than the injustice contained within the concept of LEGALLY” taking an individual’s property without proof of probable injustice. There needs to be a court order, plain and simple.

Or so at least one would think.

Unfortunately, many Americans do not know about civil asset forfeiture. Or worse, those that do may not know of some of the positive developments appertaining. 

Please give the featured article a read. There are useful, practical solutions to these terrible problems. We, as individuals, have a number of options, and one of those is attempting to utilize the individual states’ statutory and compliance machinery when it comes to these things. 

To be clear, these insidious programs DO achieve something; that something, however, is nothing all that good for you and me:

“Asset forfeiture laws incentivize “policing for profit” on one hand, and dubious state-federal partnerships on the other.”

It is good to see some of the success stories found here. Maybe more of the this can come about as individuals discover the salutary effects of seeking solutions as opposed to admitting premature defeat.

FEATURED CONTENT

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 20, 2016) – Today, civil asset forfeiture officially ends in Nebraska as reforms to asset forfeiture laws passed in the spring go into effect. Under the new law, the state can no longer take property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

Sen. Tommy Garrett (R-Bellevue) introduced Legislature Bill 1106 (LB1106) in January. The new law reforms Nebraska law by requiring a criminal conviction before prosecutors can proceed with asset forfeiture. Under the old statute, the state could seize assets even if a person was never found guilty of a crime, or even arrested.

The unicameral legislature passed  LB1106 by a 38-8 vote.

“Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on due process and private property rights in America today. By passing LB 1106, lawmakers will ensure that only convicted criminals—and not innocent Nebraskans—lose their property to forfeiture,” Institute for Justice (IJ) Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath said.

ADDRESSES FEDERAL PROGRAMS

LB1106 also closes a loophole that allows prosecutors to bypass more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the federal government under its Equitable Sharing forfeiture program.

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