The Absurd “Dog-Authorized” Civil Forfeiture Case Reversed by Honest Judge

Civil forfeiture laws look a whole lot like legalized highway robbery. Because that’s basically what they are. And because of the fact that they constitute basically free money for federal and state governments, it’s highly unlikely for civil forfeitures to be overturned in court. But occasionally it happens. Take the recent, mind-numbing case of Straughn Gorman and his RV full of cash. Mr. Gorman was driving near Elko, Nevada when a state trooper, Greg Monroe, pulled him over for driving Read more […]

Police “Wish Lists” Determine Civil Asset Forfeitures

Civil asset forfeitures are getting a huge amount of press lately, and for good reason. The practice, whereby local and federal law enforcement officers confiscate assets that have even remote connections to crimes, has been on the rise in recent years, and the large majority of civil asset forfeiture cases have corruption written all over them. A recent article in the New York Times outlines how law enforcement officials are using “wish lists” to determine what they are going to seize from the Read more […]