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A Modest Proposal on Asset Forfeiture

09 Apr
A Modest Proposal on Asset Forfeiture

Fenster raises an interesting and IMO important moral / ethical question.

I’m inclined to agree with commenter Horace at the original post.

Uncouth Reflections

Fenster writes:

I don’t know if you have followed the issue of asset forfeiture in these United States.  It is a situation that smells something rotten.

You may know that the law often allows police or other authorities to keep the ill-gotten gains from a criminal transaction.  That’s bad enough as far as creating a financial incentive.  But the moral hazard is serious enough that police often take assets when no criminal action has been shown to have occurred, or if the owner of the asset was not aware of the crime.  Spending sprees are known to result as well.

Here’s a fun John Oliver rant on it.

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Posted by on April 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

8 responses to “A Modest Proposal on Asset Forfeiture

  1. feeriker

    April 9, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    “Asset Forceiture” is theft by the State, coupled with denial of due process of law. Period. There is nothing even remotely lawful about it, the bullshit pseudo-legal ramblings of people with the letters “JD” or “Esquire” appended to their surnames notwithstanding.

    This is one of the first abuses of the modern Amerikanische Polizeistaat to be enacted back in the 1980s, an affront to law, liberty, and property that should have triggered a second American Revolution. The fact that it didn’t proves better than anything else that the original patriots of the Revolution fought and died in vain.

     
    • Will S.

      April 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      I’m inclined to agree; it’s one thing for the State to take away from criminals, out of their hands, but another to keep for themselves / auction off and keep the proceeds, rather than donating to charities to help victims, etc.

       
  2. feeriker

    April 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, and further to my last, I look forward to some benighted churchian buffoon vomiting the usual heretical nonsense about Caesar being above the law and that we should all just meekly roll over like sheep and be slaughtered by his legions (based on the usual ignorant misreading of Romans 13, itself the result of not reading the preceding chapters of Romans for context).

     
    • Will S.

      April 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      It will be entertaining if someone plays devil’s advocate and tries to mount such a defense of the modern tyrannical state.

       
      • Will S.

        April 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm

        (Especially if they actually believe it.)

         

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