Forfeiture Loot Corrupts Justice: New at Reason

In Ohio during the 1920s, people caught with “intoxicating liquors” could be tried by rural mayors, who were paid for each conviction and authorized to impose fines that were split between the village and the state. Four decades later, mayor’s courts in Ohio were handling traffic cases, which did not reward the mayors directly but generated substantial income for their villages.

Source: Forfeiture Loot Corrupts Justice: New at Reason

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