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Wall Street Journal Blasts Jeff Sessions: ‘He’s Giving Law Enforcement A License To Steal’

"Taking property from citizens who have been convicted of no crime is constitutionally dubious."

"Taking property from citizens who have been convicted of no crime is constitutionally dubious."
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4 comments on “Wall Street Journal Blasts Jeff Sessions: ‘He’s Giving Law Enforcement A License To Steal’

  1. This is another load of crap! The laws around civil forfeiture have been around since the “war on drugs” infancy. They predate AG Jeff Sessions by decades. There were numerous instances of government invoking this abomination under Obama.

    • Anonymous

      Did you miss this sentence….. “In 2015 then Attorney General Eric Holder restricted the practice.”

      -Murphy

  2. The words government overreach and abuse in the context of civil forfeiture of property is quite an **understatement**. It’s a longstanding outrage recognized as such often and frequently by various members of the US Supreme Court (to include your very favorite, Clarence Thomas) and those state supreme courts who have set up many protections against the outrages, abuses and what often amounts to government sponsored stealing.

    The property of those who know nothing about the crime can be seized and forfeited. What’s worse than that? The fiction is that the property committed the crime and an in rem proceeding is initiated against the property. Thus the words overreach, outrage and abuse.

    The Montana and New Mexico Supreme Courts forbid civil forfeiture and requires a criminal conviction before property may be forfeited, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has set up barriers before property can be forfeited in civil forfeiture proceedings (e.g., In a unanimous, 73-page opinion, must prove the owner not only was aware of the illegal activity but also had agreed to it, and that property seizures may violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines if the seizure is “grossly disproportional” to the underlying offense).

    Jeff Sessions is like dog with no frontal lobe. He only has one go to tool box: The most aggressive, most threatening, most damaging, and most destructive policies that he came to know in the sixties through the nineties regardless of the fact that all have been rendered useless and destructive.

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    Off topic: If Sessions did speak with a Russian ambassador last year on issues central to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, one had to suspect that he would have done it with Trump’s approval. That’s the most important evidentiary inference to be drawn from the leak. The idea that Trump would release this piece of information for investigators to see, in his effort to hurt Sessions while simultaneously supporting charges that a member of Trump’s inner circle was working with the Russian hierarchy, sounds as insane as Trump. No?

  3. S maltophilia

    Constitutionally dubious? My ass!

    From the Fifth Amendment:
    No person shall ….be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…

    What part of that does Secessions not understand? Don’t assholes like him also swear to defend the Constitution?

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