Trump administration to increase use of asset forfeiture


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Theft by government: Attorney General Jeff Sessions today told a gathering of district attorneys that the Trump administration intends to increase the use of asset forfeiture, the procedure where the government steals private property merely because it suspects it might have been related to a criminal act, even if the owners are completely innocent.

Although the details have yet to be released, Sessions’ directive appears likely to loosen the restrictions on “adoptions” of forfeiture cases by the federal government—an alarming prospect for opponents of asset forfeiture. “Reversing the ban on adoptive seizures would revive one of the most notorious forms of forfeiture abuse,” Sheth said. “So-called ‘adoptive’ seizures allow state and local law enforcement to circumvent state-law limitations on civil forfeiture by seizing property and then transferring it to federal prosecutors for forfeiture under federal law. Bringing back adoptive seizures would create a road map to circumvent state-level forfeiture reforms.”

Sessions’ upcoming directive to increase asset forfeiture comes as little surprise. Sessions, a former prosecutor and U.S. senator, has been a stalwart defender of asset forfeiture throughout his career. He has already dismantled Obama-era directives on drug sentencing guidelines and ordered a review of all of the existing consent agreements between the Justice Department and police departments that were found to be violating residents’ constitutional rights.

This is only more evidence that both parties in Washington are corrupt power-grabbers who don’t give a damn about the Constitution and the real rule of law. Sessions might be good in some areas, but in others he is as bad as Eric Holder.

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  • Edward

    Ah, yes. The good old days of “J’accuse!”

    But at least it is to be used “especially for drug traffickers,” and I am not a drug trafficker, so I have nothing to worry about, because they would never accuse an innocent person. Right?

    Right?!?

    However, the practice has exploded since then, and civil liberties groups and political advocacy organizations, both liberal and conservative, say the perverse profit incentives and lack of due process for property owners lead to far more average citizens having their property seized than cartel bosses.

  • wodun

    This is one of those programs that sounded good when first implemented but if good intentions are to mean anything, you have to be concerned with results. The resulting unconstitutional abuse of power and victimization should condemn this program to the dust heap, or at very least restrict it to those convicted of crimes.

    Neither party looks like they will stop it, although plenty from both parties are unhappy with the practice.

  • Chris

    This has a really bad history of local departments using it for personal gain.
    It is blatant in is un-constitutionally and not to be taken lightly.
    It must be fought
    In the meantime I may head to the range and work on my long shots while listening to The Who – Won’t get fooled again.
    This is serious stuff.

  • wayne

    I like Session’s, but he’s been wrong on drugs and stealing peoples asset’s unconstitutionally, since ‘like forever. I was against this in 1986 and now it’s become institutionalized, and much like socialized medicine, it will not be going away, ever.

    Chris– nail on the head!

    -Coincidentally, I’ve been systematically cashing out my investments & retirement-accounts since March, and I’ve had to file literally a score of Currency Transaction Reports. God only knows how many of those transactions resulted in Suspicious Activity Referrals against me.
    (They can come and try to take it from me, the trail ends with me and they’ll never find it.)

  • Max

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-17/police-civil-asset-forfeitures-exceed-value-all-burglaries-2014

    Do a search for “asset forfeiture” in the search engine on the site, it is surprising how many The Z man has documented. The link shows the increase in asset forfeiture and how it’s a booming enterprise growing bigger each year.

  • Orion314

    Sessions, a cross between Henry Gibson from laff-in and gomer f. pyle. Sessions, who thinks only bad people smoke pot. Sessions, a giant step backwords for the American citizens..

  • ken anthony

    There have got to be many better options than Sessions. Asset forfeiture is bad, but recusal of the Russia investigation followed by a witch hut will damage this country beyond repair if something is not done.

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