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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:07 PM

 

Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens

Source: The Washington Post

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said he'd be issuing a new directive this week aimed at increasing police seizures of cash and property.

“We hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture — especially for drug traffickers,” Sessions said in his prepared remarks for a speech to the National District Attorney's Association in Minneapolis. "With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners."

Asset forfeiture is a disputed practice that allows law enforcement officials to permanently take money and goods from individuals suspected of crime. There is little disagreement among lawmakers, authorities and criminal justice reformers that “no criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime.” But in many cases, neither a criminal conviction nor even a criminal charge is necessary — under forfeiture laws in most states and at the federal level, mere suspicion of wrongdoing is enough to allow police to seize items permanently.

The practice is ripe for abuse. In one case in 2016, Oklahoma police seized $53,000 owned by a Christian band, an orphanage and a church after stopping a man on a highway for a broken taillight. A few years earlier, a Michigan drug task force raided the home of a self-described “soccer mom,” suspecting she was not in compliance with the state's medical marijuana law. They proceeded to take “every belonging” from the family, including tools, a bicycle and her daughter's birthday money

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jeff-sessions-wants-police-to-take-more-cash-from-american-citizens/ar-BBECcJm?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp



Really.. just what this legalized theft from citizens really needed.. expansion. I'm sure this won't be abused, or targeted at the "undesirable" people out there.


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Reply Jeff Sessions wants police to take more cash from American citizens (Original post)
Amimnoch Jul 2017 OP
Warpy Jul 2017 #1
The Genealogist Jul 2017 #2
Lindsay Jul 2017 #3
Igel Jul 2017 #9
TeamPooka Jul 2017 #4
sandensea Jul 2017 #5
jpak Jul 2017 #6
jmowreader Jul 2017 #7
Amimnoch Jul 2017 #8
onit2day Jul 2017 #10
tbbnf Jul 2017 #11
mainer Jul 2017 #12
csziggy Jul 2017 #13

Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:14 PM

1. Cops can't do that here in NM, our GOP governor signed a bill ending it

meaning she's done a few good things for the state so I don't spend my time here bagging her.

If you're in NM, you're only going to get robbed by real criminals and the DEA.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:29 PM

2. "mere suspicion of wrongdoing is enough to allow police to seize items permanently"

Why have the courts not ended this? Talk about cruel and unusual punishment.

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Response to The Genealogist (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:33 PM

3. I would guess they only target people

who can't afford to bring suit. Kind of surprising that the ACLU or some other group won't do it pro bono, but I know a Republican government is gonna give the ACLU all it can handle and then some.

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Response to Lindsay (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 08:26 PM

9. Partly that's the thinking.

You're wealthy through crime. Top lawyers defend you.

RICO hits and you have no cash or wealth. Defense is hard.

Nixon signed the act, it was expanded a bit later. Congress was D/D.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 06:39 PM

4. I miss America.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 07:23 PM

5. Sounds like Brazil.

Which figures, since that's the kind of society the GOP wants (fairly dysfunctional, very elitist, selective enforcement against populists w/ total impunity for right-wing bigwigs.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 07:32 PM

6. Fascist pig - I thought he took an oath to uphold the Constitution

Jug eared swine

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 07:48 PM

7. NO criminal, Jeff?

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 07:54 PM

8. ROFL, now THAT would be a hoot and a twist.

 

Of course his privileged class will be protected.

It's going to be primarily targeted at minorities that have had the audacity to be successful. After all, how could they possibly be successful if they didn't break the law?


Never thought I'd say this in my lifetime, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if venues like this doesn't start to be used on political opponents. Probably ties into their quest to collect voter information.

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 10:53 PM

10. Robin Hood where are you? The sherrif is afoot

 

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 07:38 AM

11. Hyprocrits

Why was the family of Mitch McConnel's wife's family cargo ship not seized when 90 Pounds of cocaine were found. Oh, they are rich and connected. This rule is only for the lower classes and those with dark skin. [link:|

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 08:32 AM

12. I find this truly frightening. No charges, only "suspicion", and cops can steal everything.

How is this still legal?
Can someone with a few ounces of medical marijuana find themselves suddenly homeless and penniless?

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Response to Amimnoch (Original post)

Tue Jul 18, 2017, 06:16 PM

13. I read this as legal bribery - that cops could accept bribe money without consequences

I guess I'm tired, but that was what I thought of first when I read the headline. Shows what I think of this administration!

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