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  1. Diverboone

    Rand Paul Files Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill

    by Phillip Smith, July 25, 2014, 02:56pm, (Issue #845)

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has filed a bill to reform federal asset forfeiture laws. Yesterday, he introduced the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) ACT, Senate Bill 2644, which would require the government to prove with clear and convincing evidence that the property it wishes to forfeit is connected with a crime.

    It also takes aim at state and local law enforcement agencies who evade state laws requiring that seized assets go into state general funds or other specified destinations by instead turning their seizures over to a federal agency, which delivers back 80% of the value of the seized goods to the local or state law enforcement agency involved.

    The FAIR Act would require that state law enforcement agencies abide by state law when seizing property. It would also remove the profit incentive for forfeiture by redirecting forfeitures' assets from the Attorney General's Asset Forfeiture Fund to the Treasury's General Fund.

    "The federal government has made it far too easy for government agencies to take and profit from the property of those who have not been convicted of a crime. The FAIR Act will ensure that government agencies no longer profit from taking the property of U.S. citizens without due process, while maintaining the ability of courts to order the surrender of proceeds of crime," Sen. Paul said.

    The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. As of today, it has no cosponsors.

    Washington, DC United States


  1. onlyliveoncetwice
    Sounds good but will never happen. Too many corruptos at police and government levels. Too many backs are being scratched to allow that to go through. Thats like a bill saying the corporations are not gonna be allowed to engage in tax evasion anymore.
  2. Diverboone
    You are probably right. I'm sure Law Enforcement groups were scrambling for their lobbyist at the first hint of this Bill. Seeing that they are better funded than those who support this Bill are, I do not believe this Bill will survive.

    In my area the Drug Task Force is solely funded by Asset Forfeiture. In a system where the police steal assets to generate their salary Justice is of no concern. In reality they are no more than legalized thieves.
  3. Name goes here
    I'm still lost on why the government is entitled to keep any private property even if it was used in a crime. Punishment is usually handed out by a judge, not law enforcement.

    Nevermind, I'm living in my dream America again.
  4. Rob Cypher
    Rand Paul is a joke, IMO. Screw him and his fascist 'libertarian' policies.
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