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  • Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Biggest Little Racket in Nevada

    It was highway robbery, but they called it civil asset forfeiture. On the last day of his 2,400-mile drive to start a new life on the West Coast, Matt Lee found himself on the side of the road, his belongings combed through, and drug dogs sniffing his car. Why? Because … More

    Seattle’s Rideshare Caps Will Squash Innovators Such as Uber

    Seattle has earned the dubious honor of being the first city to cap the number of drivers that rideshare services such as Uber may keep on the road. Uber and companies like it represent a new type of cab ride for a new generation of smartphone-equipped riders, using apps and … More

    Georgia Fails to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform

    Civil forfeiture has gained prominence as a tool to combat the drug trade; however, its targets can be as mundane as motorists or as industrious as independent grocers. Civil forfeiture abuse is a real problem, and many states are considering reforming these laws to protect innocent people who too often … More

    Utah's New Law Helps Law Enforcement Nab Property of Innocent People

    In 2000, Utah voters took a major step toward protecting innocent property owners from abuses under the state’s civil forfeiture laws by passing Initiative B. Thirteen years later, the Utah legislature ignored the will of their constituents and—without debate—passed a new law that rolls back many of the original reforms. … More

    License, Registration—and All Your Valuables, Please

    Between 2006 and 2008, Tenaha, Texas, established itself as a hotbed for civil forfeiture abuse. Tenaha police executed dozens of traffic stops in which vast sums of money and property were seized, though no criminal charges were filed against drivers or passengers. Tenaha’s antics were so egregious that Texas lawmakers … More

    Bail Bond Bait and Switch: Police Seize Money from Innocent Mother

    As much as 90 percent of the currency circulating throughout the United States contains trace amounts of cocaine. No one would expect the police to claim someone’s money must be “dirty” based on trace presence of drugs alone. But that is exactly what law enforcement officers in Brown County, Wisconsin, … More

    Zero Dark Giggles: Baby Deer Gets the SWAT Team Treatment

    An otherwise quiet day in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was interrupted by the shrill sound of police sirens. Thirteen armed law enforcement personnel surrounded a barn on the outskirts of town, prepared to confront a wanted fugitive. Equipped with aerial recon photos, armed agents entered the premises, found their target, and hauled … More