SCOTUS on Indiana Case on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Eric Boehm: 

Civil asset forfeiture is such a farce that it took Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer only about 100 words to twist Indiana’s solicitor general into admitting that his state could have the power to seize cars over something as insubstantial as driving 5 miles-per-hour over the speed limit.

FYI definition:

. . . asset forfeiture is the process by which law enforcement can seize cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime or believed to be the proceeds of a crime.

Note the word “suspected”, not even accused. There is a perverse incentive involved because the proceeds can be added to local law enforcement budgets.

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