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You’ll Cheer When You See What This State Did For Their Citizens

You’ll Cheer When You See What This State Did For Their Citizens

The government’s encroachment on the rights of the people is rampant in this day and age. It’s becoming clear that the government seems to think that the people are simply serfs who work to maintain the power and lavish lifestyles of a political elite in Washington and in state capitals.

Fortunately, however, some people are beginning to wake up to the situation, and, on a rare occasion, a state surprises me by actually working to keep the those-who-would-be-kings in check. Take this situation, for example:

Nebraska recently passed a law requiring a criminal conviction to seize the possessions of individuals using civil forfeiture. Forbes notes,

“The newly signed law provides sweeping reforms. First and foremost, Nebraska now requires a criminal conviction to forfeit property. The accused must be convicted of an offense involving illegal drugs, child pornography or illegal gambling to lose their cash, vehicles, firearms or real estate. Nebraska joins just nine other states that require a criminal conviction as a prerequisite for most or all forfeiture cases.” (hat tip to here for the source)

Of course, this has been needed for quite a while. Forbes continues,

“Civil forfeiture has ensnared a wide swath of victims in Nebraska. A Peruvian pastor once had $14,000 seized during a traffic stop. Only after the local chapter of the ACLU intervened was he able to recover his cash. Last year, a federal appellate court upheld forfeiting more than $63,000 in savings from a decorated Air Force veteran, even though he was never charged with a crime.”

I can’t say if these civil forfeiture incidents were specifically targeted towards these specific people, but I do find it interesting that the two individuals that we here examples of were a pastor and a member of our military, groups who are traditionally more politically conservative. I’d like to think that these aren’t incidents like the IRS targeting of non-profit organizations with Tea Party-leaning ideologies.

Fortunately, that will largely be stopped in Nebraska. Nick Sibilla writes,

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“The newly signed law provides sweeping reforms. First and foremost, Nebraska now requires a criminal conviction to forfeit property. The accused must be convicted of an offense involving illegal drugs, child pornography or illegal gambling to lose their cash, vehicles, firearms or real estate. Nebraska joins just nine other states that require a criminal conviction as a prerequisite for most or all forfeiture cases. Following North Carolina and New Mexico, Nebraska is now the third state largely without civil forfeiture. In addition to the criminal conviction requirement, LB 1106 also enacts new reporting requirements for seizures and forfeitures.”

It’s about time. Frankly, all states should be enacting this same type of legislation because civil forfeiture is a blatant violation of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

What do you think about Nebraska’s ban on civil forfeiture: Good move or too little too late? Tell us below.

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