Fenster raises an interesting and IMO important moral / ethical question.
I’m inclined to agree with commenter Horace at the original post.
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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