no conviction or arrest required

Did you know that the government can seize your property – cash, jewelry, cars  – and even your home – without charging or convicting you with a crime?

The racket is called civil asset forfeiture. In such cases, the government proceeds directly against your property.  An individual doesn’t need to be convicted of a crime, so criminal procedure does not apply. And because the forfeiture is against the property, the owner is a third party claimant in related court proceedings.

Your Fifth and Fourteenth amendment rights don’t apply in these cases.

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It is, in essence, legalized theft.

Here, John Stossel discusses the issue with Eapen Thampy of Americans for Forfeiture Reform.

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Courtesy of The Daily Sheeple.