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Former State Trooper: Cops, Prosecutors Misuse Problematic Asset Forfeiture Law

‘Civil asset forfeiture erodes the public trust in law enforcement’

… that when civil asset forfeiture first began to be used … conduct civil asset forfeiture says the police are … curriculum on civil asset forfeiture for the department … procedures of civil asset forfeiture erodes the public trust … more

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture

Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan

… big swipe at civil forfeiture laws across the nation. In … crime.) That’s because forfeiture involves charging the … him up. These forfeiture operations frequently … their interests in forfeiture proceedings. Perversely, … more

ACLU and Mackinac Center Call on Legislature to Require a Conviction Before Police Can Keep Property

Report shows forfeiture in Michigan typically involves small amounts of money, property taken from people never convicted of a crime

… forfeited. The latest asset forfeiture report from state law … wrongdoing prior to civil forfeiture.” State lawmakers … information regarding forfeitures to the Michigan State … than half of the 5,290 forfeiture cases in 2016 involved … more

Police Seize Property All The Time And It’s No Big Deal — Until They Want To Keep It

Keeping it is called ‘forfeiture,’ and a proposal to raise the bar is being considered

… through a process called forfeiture, and the property is … to an alleged crime, forfeiture is not common. Forfeiture is a legal procedure … to get it back. Forfeiture can happen even if … more

Skorup Joins Steve Gruber for Forfeiture Discussion

Bills on forfeiture working through legislature

Civil asset forfeiture — the process of law … Michigan's civil asset forfeiture laws among the worst … process of civil asset forfeiture and how to make the … information on civil asset forfeiture, visit www.mackinac.org/forfeiture more

How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases

… recording studio under its forfeiture laws. It appears to be a case where forfeiture may be justified, but … example to talk about how forfeiture should be used. The … allegations are part of a forfeiture complaint filed in … more

Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM

Center research and reporting on forfeiture featured by Bill Gilmer.

… practice of civil asset forfeiture, Mackinac Center Policy … more

Meet Some Law Enforcement Officers Who Support Forfeiture Reform

Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights

… reforming civil asset forfeiture to require a criminal … enforcement officials about forfeiture generally and about … conviction before [forfeiture] is a “good principle” … Cooney noted most local forfeiture cases include a criminal … more

Michigan Man Cleared of Wrongdoing, Still Fighting Civil Forfeiture Years Later

… Michigan-specific work on forfeiture, please visit www.mackinac.org/forfeiture . Crime doesn’t … under Michigan’s civil forfeiture laws. The sheriff’s … dropped. But through civil forfeiture, the department continued … more

Reforming Property Forfeiture Laws to Protect Citizens’ Rights

The Framers of the United States Constitution understood that freedom depends upon the vigorous protection of private property rights and that this protection was therefore the most sacred obligation of government. However, despite Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment guarantees, recent years have witnessed a massive expansion of a legal practice known as "asset forfeiture," which allows government to violate the very property rights it is charged with protecting. Hundreds of asset forfeiture laws-many of them intended to stop illegal drug trafficking-give state and federal law enforcement agents the power to seize property even without proof of the owners' guilt in a criminal trial because, in many cases, the government considers the property itself to be the criminal. This study recommends nine reforms that will help guarantee that Michigan citizens enjoy the benefits of private property rights, limited government, and individual liberty, and remain protected from unjustified and arbitrary seizure of their personal possessions. more