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Oklahoma Watchman: Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Revealed For The Piracy It Truly Is.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

IS IT LEGAL OR NOT?
THE WATCHMAN
Editors note: The Supreme Court recently struck down a Colorado law that refused to refund seized property and court fines for people who had their convictions overturned, demanding that the now innocent victim of the judicial system “prove beyond reasonable doubt” that they were innocent of a crime. That is something that is near impossible in most cases. The state of Colorado decided that the people were innocent enough to overturn the cases but not innocent enough to return their seized assets. The Supreme Court’s Justice Thomas recently stated that the historical backing for asset forfeiture might not stand a constitutional challenge the way modern police are using the practice.
We are well aware that Civil Asset Forfeiture is an extremely sore spot between the law enforcement community and the civilian population. Over the last two legislative sessions we have watched events unfold at the State Capitol were Senator Kyle Loveless has made repeated attempts to change the law to make it friendlier to the citizens and visitors of Oklahoma. Both years he has been unsuccessful. This has been primarily due to the strong lobbying efforts of the various Law Enforcement Agencies. What our investigation has discovered is sure to upset both sides of this argument.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Sits in Committee

Sitting in committee is a bill that would reform the current civil asset forfeiture policy in Oklahoma. Currently, your property and cash may be seized by law enforcement and kept even if you are never charged with a crime. You may fight to have your property and cash returned but it will cost you. Basically, […]

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Action Alert: Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill

Senator Loveless’ Civil Asset Forfeiture reform bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Anthony Sykes.  The last meeting of the committee before the deadline is Tuesday of next week.  If the bill is not heard then, it is dead.  Senator Sykes has not made his intentions known concerning this bill.  If he has no intention of hearing it, the author needs to know that so he can request that it be moved to another committee.  It is important that Senator Sykes

OK2A Action Alert: Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill

Senator Loveless’ Civil Asset Forfeiture reform bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Anthony Sykes.  The last meeting of the committee before the deadline is Tuesday of next week.  If the bill is not heard then, it is dead.  Senator Sykes has not made his intentions known concerning this bill.  If he has no intention of hearing it, the author needs to know that so he can request that it be moved to another committee.  It is important that Senator Sykes

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My Civil Asset Forfeiture Story

Yesterday evening, while enjoying a plate of carnitas at Chimi’s in Tulsa, I listened to State Senator Kyle Loveless (R-OKC) describe his bill to reform civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 838 would put a stop to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies seizing and keeping people’s property without going to the trouble of convicting — or even charging — the property owners with a crime. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of civil asset forfeiture, then you should become educated.

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R3publicans endorse SB 838 and Join the Battle for Due Process in Oklahoma Surrounding Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture legislation needs to be reformed in order to protect innocent people from having their property subject to legal theft by the state without due process. R3publicans (R3s) are working to help Oklahomans learn about this issue and what they can do to help reform the current law. The senate author of the bill to reform Civil Asset Forfeiture law in OK (SB-838) is Senator Kyle Loveless. Our hope is that public support for reform will be strong enough to ensure that this bill is heard in the upcoming legislative session and ultimately passed and signed into law. Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform is an issue everyone can get behind regardless of political leaning.

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Oklahoma Cop Calls For Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Police officer, Stephen Mills has dedicated his life and career to be an Oklahoma peace officer.
He shares his convictions about maintaining the liberty our republic was founded upon.

It’s not an attack on Law Enforcement nor is it helping the drug cartels. Reform is needed to assure the rights of Oklahoma citizens are protected. It’s not about whether innocent people currently are or aren’t having their property seized. It’s about the way the law is currently written so that innocent people CAN have their property seized.