SCOTUS this week struck down a Colorado law that forced criminal defendants to prove their innocence when their convictions were overturned. While the case didn’t involve civil forfeiture per say, it may be the beginning of the end for this heinous practice. Tthe majority opinion stated the defendants were entitled to the presumption of innocence and “should not be saddled with any proof burden” to regain what is rightfully theirs.
In refusing to hear a challenge to Texas’ asset forfeiture law last week, the U.S. Supreme Court has officially legalized theft by police. Now police can steal your property for any reason or no reason at all, something they have been doing with little challenge for years.
Lyndon McLellan woke up one day to discover the IRS had seized every penny of the money he had put away over the course of 13 years of assiduous, hard work.