City Accused of Abusing Civil Forfeiture Program — Federal Judge Delivers a Big Win for Due Process

By Andrew Forcier – Re-Blogged From IJR

When Arlene Harjo’s car was seized by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2016, she wasn’t even driving it. But when her son was caught driving drunk, the car was determined to be “guilty” under the city’s civil forfeiture program.

However, that program began prior to a state law that, in seeking to reform civil forfeiture, abolished such practices. Now, two years later, a federal judge not only agreed that the takings were against that law but that they resulted in a violation of the Constitution as well.

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Georgia Rep. Advances Asset Forfeiture Reform

By Logan Albright – Re-Blogged From FreedomWorks

Georgia has become the latest in a long line of states looking to reform its civil asset forfeiture program. A growing number of people are apparently waking up to the common sense idea that the government shouldn’t seize private property from people when they haven’t been convicted of – or even charged with – a crime.

State Representative Scot Turner has introduced an extremely simple piece of legislation that would, with a single line change, effectively end the practice of civil forfeiture in his state. Turner’s bill makes mandatory the formerly optional ability of courts to suspend forfeiture during an ongoing trial. In other words, the government wouldn’t be allowed to take your stuff without convicting you.

Recently a large number of states have embraced the idea of forfeiture reform, and while only a couple have successfully passed legislation, it’s notable that Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, and others are all talking about the policy’s flaws and the need for change.

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Great News: New Mexico’s Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Signed by Governor

– Ree-Blogged From http://reason.com

Actual criminal conviction will be required to take citizens’ property in New Mexico.

Waiting to pretty much the last possible moment, Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law House Bill 560, the state’s broad asset forfeiture reform legislation. The bill, introduced by Republican Rep. Zachary Cook, had complete bipartisan approval in the state’s split House (controlled by Republicans) and Senate (controlled by Democrats). Nobody voted against it.

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