Asset Forfeiture – Again

As a result of a conversation I recently had with an Assemblyman, I’ve decided to clarify my view on Asset Forfeiture.  When a person is arrested on drug charges, or whatever other charges trigger these things, I don’t mind if the assets are ‘frozen’ or held in a sort of escrow pending the results of the trial.  We do the same with people; we hold them in jail awaiting trial unless a suitable bail is posted.  But when the person is found innocent, all the frozen assets revert back to him.  The point is that the holding of the assets should remain under the criminal law, with all the civil rights pertaining thereto; it should not be a separate case under civil law, where our Constitutional civil rights, as I have pointed out, are not as strong.

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