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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