Forfeiting Our Property Rights

Forfeiting Our Property Rights

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Most people don't know it, but the government can take people's homes, cars, and money without charging them with a crime -- and the burden of recovery is on the owners! In Forfeiting Our Property Rights, Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois examines the abuse inherent in civil forfeiture, the law that lets government take property that is merely suspected of having qfacilitatedq crime. Hyde shows how forfeiture law has cost innocent people their property and at least one citizen, Donald Scott, his life. In fact, over a quarter of a million Americans have had their property seized through forfeiture law. Congressman Hyde proposes an overhaul of the law to protect innocent property owners, including a shift in the burden of proof from citizen to the government and a raising of the standard the government must satisfy to seize property in the first place. This alarm on behalf of our threatened civil liberties and rights couldn't be more timely.The police know that when they confiscate a paid-for 1990 Honda Civic with a aquot; blue bookaquot; value of $9, 050, the ownera€” unless he or she is very angry or very wealthy or botha€”is not going to spend $10, 000 in legal fees, storage costs, andanbsp;...

Title:Forfeiting Our Property Rights
Author:Henry J. Hyde
Publisher:Cato Institute - 1995-03-01


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