For John, BLUF: As me about the Mother-in-Law and Sports Car joke. Nothing to see here; just move along.
As Washington Post Reporter Radley Balko says, "This is a pretty big deal." US Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation to reform Asset Forfeiture. Asset Forfeiture is where if the folks who owned the house before you did were thought to have been cooking Meth in the basement, the Government can seize your house. Or if you are going on vacation and have $2,000 in cash in the back seat of your car, the police can decide it is drug money and seize it. Your recourse is to go to court.
From the story:
Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property.Senator Rand Paul, looking out for the little guy. And minorities should pay attention.
Good luck Senator Paul.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff