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Holder issues order to rein in cops

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JayFarrar, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Let's see Friday afternoon going into a long weekend. Yeah they wanted to really publicize this one.
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Holder seizes $3.8 million in conjunction with an arrest, not a conviction:

  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    cool documentary on Black Panther party
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing Jay opposes the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as AG:

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) yesterday brought up asset forfeiture to gauge Lynch's position. He wanted to know whether Lynch thought the way the Department of Justice in partnership with local law enforcement agencies handle criminal and more particularly civil asset forfeiture was "fair."

    Lynch responded that "civil and criminal forfeiture are very important tools of the Department of Justice as well as our state and local counterparts." Speaking directly about civil asset forfeiture, she claimed that such forfeiture is "done pursuant to supervision by a court, it is done pursuant to court order, and I believe the protections are there."

    That would come as news to the three brothers of the Hirsch family in Long Island. In 2012, they saw $447,000 of their assets seized by the IRS and the Department of Justice over an allegation that their business Bi-County Distributors, which delivers snack foods to convenience stores, was deliberately depositing cash deposits in amounts smaller than $10,000 in order to avoid IRS reporting requirements.

    It was Lynch's office who handled this seizure and Lynch's office who kept the company's money for more than two years without ever setting a court date for the business to attempt to get its money back, nor was anybody in the family ever charged with any crime. The asset-forfeiture-fighting lawyers of the Institute for Justice (IJ) took on the Hirsch family's case, and just earlier this very month, Lynch's office agreed to give them their money back.

    AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Says Civil Asset Forfeiture ‘Protections Are There.’ Not When Her Office Ignores Them. - Hit & Run : Reason.com

    In an editorial published November 22, “Loretta Lynch’s Money Pot,” the Wall Street Journal revealed that during her tenure as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch has used civil asset forfeiture in more than 120 cases, raking in some $113 million for federal and local coffers.

    Loretta Lynch Has No Problem With Civil Asset Forfeiture -- And That's A Problem - Forbes
  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Good thing Holder reined them in.


    Here's an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did. Martin Armstrong pointed this out at his blog, Armstrong Economics, last week.

    Officers can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime — yes, really! — through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Last year, according to the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.
  8. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Not busting your chops here, but the libertarian-ish right has been raising hell about asset forfeiture for years. The Koch brothers, Cato, the Institute for Justice, etc.

    When government is the looter
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    This actually helped me today. Thanks!
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