Most Americans are happy when the feds seize property owned by drug dealers and terrorists. But from regular citizens caught in the grinding gears of the federal bureaucracy? Not so much. A bill backed by Republicans and Pat Leahy would limit the abuses.
“Asset forfeiture authorities are effective tools for law enforcement, but we have seen time and again these tools are ripe for abuse. Too often Americans do not receive notice that their property was seized, or the civil seizure is never connected to any charged criminal conduct. This legislation would affirm our commitment to Americans’ most fundamental constitutional rights, ensuring that due process never takes a back seat to expediency,” Leahy said.”
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