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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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