[FoRK] Civil forfeiture run amok
meltsner at alum.mit.edu
Sun Aug 30 21:57:28 PDT 2015
Seems that the real addiction problem here is police departments to
money from civil forfeiture. Not sure there's a solution, since even
well-funded police departments will usually want more than they get
from local taxes.
On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 4:55 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Wow. First, hard to see how the civil forfeiture pattern and practice is
> constitutional. Some marginal rulings have given us a creeping sickness.
> Second, now that law enforcement is gradually losing their mandate for
> overreach on drugs, and they lost it on sexual blue laws a while ago, they
> are making a big grab for sex work. Which, along with the rising
> groundswell from several directions, seems to indicate that legalization of
> sex work will be one of the next civil rights battles soon. This kind of
> over the top enforcement to try to stamp out something that won't go away
> seems like a typical bellwether.
>> In Arizona, Ulises Ruiz and his girlfriend, suspected of running illegal
>> massage businesses, had cars, cash, and their home seized by Pima County
>> prosecutors. "It was found by clear and convincing evidence that all of his
>> assets ... were, in fact, the proceeds of criminal activity," said Pima
>> County Deputy Attorney
>> Julie Sottosanti.
>> To make matters worse, police say the $15,000 Ruiz's girlfriend put up for
>> Ruiz's bond is invalid, since that money should have been forfeited to them
>> already. Ruiz remains incarcerated. That's right: cops can keep you in jail
>> indefinitely, without convicting you of any crimes, because any money you
>> might use to get out of jail is assumed to be the proceeds of the same
>> criminal activity they haven't yet proved on you.
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