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South Carolina uses civil asset forfeiture to bring the money in, actual crime not required

Great work here; https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/29/ south whatnext01/29/19
How far has someone taken one of these ludicrous seizure cas wutwutwut01/29/19
And wow - 20% of the people who had assets seized (stolen) i wutwutwut01/29/19
This ought to be an issue libs and conservatives could agree soiled_nappies01/29/19
It is one where both agree, but sadly it’s also one where whatnext01/29/19
this is typical in med marijuana states as well they will whiteguyinchina01/30/19
whatnext (Jan 29, 2019 - 6:28 pm)

Great work here;

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/29/south-carolina-police-hauled-in-17-milli

https://www.greenvilleonline.com/in-depth/news/taken/2019/01/27/civil-forfeiture-south-carolina-police-property-seizures-taken-exclusive-investigation/2457838002/

"That's what happened to Isiah Kinloch, a North Charleston resident. While Kinloch was hospitalized for a head injury after fighting off a robber, police searched his apartment and found an ounce of marijuana and $1,800 in cash. Kinloch used the marijuana to manage pain resulting from a severe car accident, and he said the cash was from his work as a tattoo artist and cobbler. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute, but the charges were eventually dropped. Kinloch's cash, however, was forfeited—gone.

"The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything," Kinloch told The Greenville News."

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wutwutwut (Jan 29, 2019 - 7:44 pm)

How far has someone taken one of these ludicrous seizure cases?

Didn't one (RV full of money) make it at least to a FCir court and get overturned? Although I don't remember the circumstances; that one may have turned more on the reasonableness of the RV search than concerns about money seizure.

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wutwutwut (Jan 29, 2019 - 7:45 pm)

And wow - 20% of the people who had assets seized (stolen) in the South Carolina cases studied were not even charged with a crime.


But it turns out South Carolina cops are pikers with their $17 mio over 3 years, in comparison to Cook County, Illinois.


"In 2017, Reason reported that Cook County, Illinois, had seized $150 million over a five-year period."

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soiled_nappies (Jan 29, 2019 - 8:02 pm)

This ought to be an issue libs and conservatives could agree on. Sadly, The current administration emcourages this policy.

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whatnext (Jan 29, 2019 - 8:28 pm)

It is one where both agree, but sadly it’s also one where both parties like to use it until pressure mounts from investigations. In Philadelphia, Dem DAs abused it and then a bunch of profiles were written about how rotten it was, *George Will* wrote a popular oped condemning it, and a progressive DA got swept in to finally make changes.

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whiteguyinchina (Jan 30, 2019 - 6:43 am)

this is typical in med marijuana states as well

they will raid the dispensary or whatever and the IRS comes along

then the criminal charges are dropped but there is an audit into the funds

this makes money

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