Sessions Signals New Friendliness to Police Asset Seizure

By Charles Fain Lehman

In a move already attracting controversy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled new friendliness towards the police practice of seizing and retaining criminal’s assets.

Sessions promised a new move on asset forfeiture on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal tool of the police which allows them to seize property, including cash and cars, without a formal indictment or even evidence of a crime. This is because, according to the Heritage Foundation, civil asset forfeiture proceedings work by bringing charges against the property itself, rather than the owner.

Sessions’s announcement came at a meeting of the National District Attorneys Association in Minneapolis, Minn.

“In addition, we hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture—especially for drug traffickers. With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures,” Sessions said.

“No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners,” he said.

Asset forfeiture is a vital tool for police departments to strip resources from gangs and other organized crime groups. However, it can also be misused, as the lack of requirement of …read more

Source:: Washington Free Beacon