Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police

Err…Not so fast:

Holder’s new policy, “adoptions accounted for roughly three percent of the value of forfeitures in the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.

Since 2008, thousands of local and state police agencies have made more than 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion under a civil asset forfeiture program at the Justice Department called Equitable Sharing.

Hooray for the Attorney General.  Finally.  This will not make Desert Snow and their fellow travelers happy.  I’m sure they are reading the law so it can be interpreted by their cash-hungry customers (The Police?) to get around this small annoyance.

via Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police – The Washington Post.

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