AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Boasts Having Seized $904 Million Through Asset Forfeitures in 2013 Alone
In light of the fact that President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch recently announced that, as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, her office took more than $904 million worth of private property from citizens through asset forfeitures, questions are being raised as to whether civil asset forfeitures, called “policing for profit” by critics, will continue to rise if she ends up being confirmed as Attorney General.
Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial policy in which the government seizes private property that it believes was either gained through the commission of a crime or used to commit one. However, the items being seized sometimes belong to someone who was never accused of a crime at all or people who later turn out to be completely innocent. Since a civil process is used to seize the items in question, individuals facing…
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