AG Jeff Sessions Dealt Serious Rebuke on Asset Forfeiture

Sep. 15, 2017 by

  — Michael Clayton —   In an unexpected move Tuesday, the U.S. House voted to rein in Attorney General Jeff Sessions expansion of the unconstitutional law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Earlier this year, Sessions expanded the Federal Equitable Sharing program which allows state and local law enforcement to skirt state and local laws regarding civil asset forfeiture, as long as they return a portion to the federal government first. It’s a

Giving local police surplus military equipment is a BAD IDEA

Aug. 29, 2017 by

  — Michael Clayton —   Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the federal government will restart a program that gives surplus heavy-duty military equipment to local law enforcement. The Department of Defense’s 1033 Program was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1997, but just two years ago President Obama downsized 1033 via executive order. This order prohibited the federal transfer of certain items such as “tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, camouflage

Attorney General Sessions, You’re Wrong

Aug. 7, 2017 by

When the editorial board at USA Today is on your side, it might be that your line of thinking is out of whack. But in this case, the left-leaning USA Today editors have seen the light on civil asset forfeiture. In America you’re innocent until proven guilty, and the Constitution provides protections — for instance, the right to a lawyer and a speedy trial — to ensure that you can’t be unfairly punished. But you can forget all that if state or local police

AG Jeff Sessions: Expand Unconstitutional Forfeiture Programs

Jul. 20, 2017 by

Earlier this year we penned an article titled “The Road to Eliminating Civil Asset Forfeiture” with hopes that the tide was finally going to turn in the direction of protecting innocent property owners. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have dashed those hopes. With a swift punch to the gut for asset forfeiture reform advocates everywhere, Mr. Sessions announced the expansion of a government program that allows law enforcement agencies to seize property from Americans who are simply