A federal judge has ruled that Albuquerque’s civil asset forfeiture program violated residents’ due process rights by forcing them to prove their innocence to retrieve their cars. Under civil forfeiture laws, police can seize property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.
On June 21, 2016, Chicago police pulled Spencer Byrd over for a broken turn signal. Byrd says his signal wasn’t broken, but that detail would soon be the least of his worries. Ever since, Byrd has been trapped in one of the city’s most confusing bureaucratic mazes, deprived of his car and his ability to work.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Opinion columnist Published 5:00 a.m. ET July 24, 2017 | Updated 8:37 a.m. ET July 24, 2017 Once in America, we had a presumption of innocence. Now all it takes is the feds having a ‘suspicion’ for them to take your stuff.