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Fix Forfeiture Laws in Buckeye State

“I had no idea something like this could happen in America.” That’s what Antoinette Lattimore, a resident of North College Hill near Cincinnati, said about the seizure of the $19,660 in cash she was carrying on a road trip in 2013 to Tucson, Arizona, where she hoped to purchase African art.

12/04/2015
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Wyoming Renews Efforts to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture

Members of the Joint Judiciary Committee in Wyoming have chosen to sponsor a bill which will introduce reforms to civil asset forfeiture practice within the state. The bill does not contain changes as extensive as a previous bill in early 2015.

11/12/2015
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Where Does Your State Rank?: New Report Offers Look at State Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

The Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, has released an update of its groundbreaking 2010 report, Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture. The report offers a detailed look at state civil asset forfeiture laws and grades them based on the standard of evidence prosecutors need to subject property and cash to forfeiture, whether the burden of proof falls on the government or the property owner, and the percentage of funds law enforcement received from forfeited property.

11/10/2015
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FreedomWorks Activists Educate Virginia State Senator on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Monday, October 19 was an interesting day for justice reform in Virginia! I was pleased to gather with activists from the Southwest Virginia Tea Party at the Shoney's in Bristol, Virginia to talk about justice reform. We then traveled to the county courthouse for a GOP meeting where their state senator, Bill Carrico was going to address questions asked in the letters he has been receiving about civil asset forfeiture. On October 8, we had gathered to write letters to Senator Carrico.

10/20/2015
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FreedomWorks Hails the Signing of Michigan Civil Forfeiture Reforms

On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a package of seven civil asset forfeiture reform bills into law. The bills, which were ushered through the Michigan Legislature with strong bipartisan support, offer crucial protections for innocent property owners and promote transparency and uniformity.

10/20/2015
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84% of Pennsylvania Voters Support Forfeiture Reform

The main principle behind civil asset forfeiture reform legislation introduced in both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly is widely embraced by voters in the Commonwealth, according to a survey released on Thursday. The legislation would require a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited to the state. Currently, a property owner does not even have to be charged with a crime before their property can subject to forfeiture.

10/16/2015
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FreedomWorks to Testify in Favor of Forfeiture Reform in Ohio

FreedomWorks National Grassroots Director Noah Wall will testify before the Ohio House Judiciary Committee in Room 116 of the Statehouse on Tuesday, October 13 at 3:30 PM (EST) in support of House Bill 347, which will reform civil asset forfeiture laws in Ohio.

10/12/2015
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Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills Pass Unanimously in Michigan Senate

On Wednesday, Michigan’s state Senate unanimously approved legislation consisting of seven reform bills aimed at raising the evidentiary standard of proof from a “preponderance of evidence” to “clear and convincing evidence,” and requiring police to better document the acquisition of seized property.

10/08/2015
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Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Support Changes to Forfeiture Laws

In 1988, John Bennis was convicted of indecency in the state of Michigan for engaging with a prostitute in his car. He was fined a mere $250 for the incident, but his car was seized through a civil court order under a public nuisance claim. Bennis’s wife, Tina Bennis, was also a legal owner of the vehicle, but despite her shared interest in the car, the state denied her rights as partial owner.

10/02/2015
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90 Percent of Ohio Voters Believe a Conviction Should Be Required to Take Property

Ohio may soon become one of the leading states on civil asset forfeiture reform. On Tuesday, state Rep. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) introduced HB 347, which would protect innocent property owners by requiring a criminal conviction before seized items can be forfeited to the government. FreedomWorks supports this legislation and plans to mobilize our community to take action to help move it through the Ohio Legislature.

09/30/2015

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