For John, BLUF: This should be a bi-partisan issue. Nothing to see here; just move along.
We all remember past discussions of the Caswell Motel, such as this item talking about Civil-Asset Forfeiture Laws, and this one talking about how after Federal Attorney Carmen Ortiz harassed the Caswell Motel the owner sold the business, with the motel to become a bowling alley.
Civil-Asset Forfeiture is an example of a good idea, an apparently good law, grown out of control. Another example is the RICO Statute, designed to go after Mafia type organizations.
In Sunday's edition of The [Lowell] Sun is an opinion piece by Attorneys John Yoder and Brad Cates, headlined "Kill the monster that was our baby", about Civil-Asset Forfeiture. It is worth reading.
Aside from the fact that all Laws should have a Sunset Clause, we need to ask for great care in drafting laws. And we should step back when we seem to be targeting a class of criminals, to ensure we are not going to also sweep up law-abiding citizens.
Regards — Cliff