LATEST SENATOR KING
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) this week joined with a bipartisan group of his colleagues to write a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions voicing concern over the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil forfeiture policy. Specifically, the letter responds to recent remarks from the Attorney General announcing plans to expand and increase forfeitures.
“The Fifth Amendment protects Americans from being deprived of their property without due process of law; yet civil forfeiture allows the government to take an individual’s property without ever obtaining a conviction, much less filing criminal charges, against him or her,” the Senators wrote. “As Justice Clarence Thomas recently wrote in response to the denial of certiorari in Lisa Olivia Leonard v. Texas, ‘Th[e civil forfeiture system]—where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use—has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses.’ After cataloguing a number of these abuses, he went on to correctly note that ‘These forfeiture operations frequently target the poor and other groups least able to defend their interests in forfeiture proceedings.’ We agree with his statement.”
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