Forget Russia. I’d fire Jeff Sessions over civil forfeiture.
USA Today
July 24, 2017

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to steal from you.

“Oh, he doesn’t call it that. He calls it “civil forfeiture.” But what it is, is theft by law enforcement. Sessions should be ashamed. If I were president, he’d be fired.

“Under ‘civil forfeiture,’ law enforcement can take property from people under the legal fiction that the property itself is guilty of a crime. (‘Legal fiction’ sounds better than ‘lie,’ but in this case the two terms are near synonyms.) It was originally sold as a tool for going after the assets of drug kingpins, but nowadays it seems to be used against a lot of ordinary Americans who just have things that law enforcement wants. It’s also a way for law enforcement agencies to maintain off-budget slush funds, thus escaping scrutiny.”

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