Supreme Court Expands Police Power to Seize Your Assets Before Conviction

Attack the System

What does it mean to live in a society where weed and gay marriage will soon be legalized nationwide, and discrimination against homosexuals and transexuals is increasingly prohibited, but where due process is increasingly non-existent and where the police rob, murder, and maim with impunity?

By Damon Root

Reason.Com

It’s been a banner week for law enforcement at the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday, in the case of Fernandez v. California, the Court broadened the power of the police to conduct warrantless home searches. But it was a decision handed down on Monday that’s likely to have the greatest impact on our criminal justice system.

At issue in Monday’s ruling in Kaley v. United States is an area of the law known as asset forfeiture. In essence, asset forfeiture is designed to help law enforcement officials seize the ill-gotten fruits of criminal activity, such as cash, cars, or homes…

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