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Civil Asset Forfeiture

Posted By Don Boudreaux On March 30, 2010 @ 12:24 pm In Civil Asset Forfeiture,Crime,Law,Property Rights | Comments Disabled

One of the most outrageous practices of modern governments in the U.S. – at the federal and state levels – is civil asset forfeiture.  This practice is what Leonard Levy called “a license to steal [1]” – and what an unjust and dangerous license it is, as this recent piece by Radley Balko explains [2].

I’ll write more on civil asset forfeiture in follow-up posts.  But I take this opportunity to applaud – loudly – the Institute for Justice’s new initiative to put an end to this criminal practice that has no place in a free society [3].

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[1] a license to steal: http://www.amazon.com/License-Steal-Forfeiture-Property/dp/0807822426/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269966213&sr=1-1

[2] this recent piece by Radley Balko explains: http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/26/the-forfeiture-racket

[3] the Institute for Justice’s new initiative to put an end to this criminal practice that has no place in a free society: http://www.ij.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3291&Itemid=165

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