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Iowa lawmakers should go big on civil asset forfeiture reform

William Davis and John Newmer­zhycky were traveling through Iowa in April 2013 on their way to Las Vegas from a World Series of Poker event in Illinois when they were pulled over by Iowa State Patrol in a drug interdiction stop. The state patrolman who pulled them over falsely claimed that Newmer­zhycky, who was driving, failed to turn on his turn signal when changing lanes.

04/21/2015
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Wyoming lawmakers may take another shot at offering some protections for innocent people's property

The Wyoming Legislature, in February, passed, with overwhelming, bipartisan support, a strong bill that would have offered strong protections for innocent people whose property has been wrongfully seized by the government through the state's absolutely awful civil asset forfeiture laws. The bill would have required the government to win a criminal conviction before it could seize property believed to be used in crime.

04/20/2015
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Rand Paul to Barack Obama: Do you support civil asset forfeiture and Loretta Lynch's unconstitutional theft?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in a Facebook post on Saturday, responded to President Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Senate Republicans for the delay of a final confirmation vote for his Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch.

04/20/2015
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Mandatory Minimums: A 20th Century Solution to a 21st Century Problem (Part 2)

The federal government and many state governments have slowly been moving away from mandatory minimum sentence for nonviolent offenders. Many of these reforms have been tremendously helpful. But more reforms are necessary to keep big government out of the courtroom.

04/20/2015
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Watch Mike Lee explain how abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws undermines the Constitution

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an important, long overdue hearing on federal civil asset forfeiture laws and the need for reform to curtail or end abuse by the Internal Revenue Service and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

04/17/2015
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Republicans with law enforcement backgrounds lead on justice reform in Illinois

It may sound counterintuitive, but two Republicans in the Illinois House of Representatives with law enforcement backgrounds are leading the charge for justice reform in the Land of Lincoln, guiding legislation through the chamber that will give nonviolent offenders an opportunity to change the direction of their lives.

04/17/2015
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Senate Judiciary Committee: The Need to Reform Asset Forfeiture

Russ Caswell was the owner of Motel Caswell for over two decades. His father built the motel in 1955, and it was family-owned and ran for over 50 years.

04/16/2015
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Virginia Senate fails to protect innocent people from civil asset forfeiture abuse

Innocent Virginia residents are still at risk of having their property wrongfully taken through civil asset forfeiture after the Virginia Senate, on Wednesday, tabled a common sense bill that would have required a criminal conviction property believed to be connected to a crime could be forfeited to the government.

04/16/2015
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Civil asset forfeiture reform bill is on the move in Montana

A bipartisan reform bill to protect innocent Montana property owners is slowly working its way through the state legislature, but time is running out for lawmakers to send it to the governor's desk.

04/15/2015
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Time is running out to protect innocent Virginia property owners from civil asset forfeiture

On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly will meet in Richmond for its annual veto session, in which lawmakers will weigh nearly 70 pieces of legislation vetoed or amended by the Governor. Among the bills that will be considered is SB 721, to which an amendment has been offered to require a criminal conviction before the government can take property believed to be used in an illicit activity.

04/15/2015

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