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Former Assistant US Attorney Stefan Cassella on Civil Asset Forfeiture

There has been a lot of criticism leveled at authorities in many countries, particularly the US, over the use that is made of civil confiscations or proceeds of crime laws.

Without a doubt there have been abuses of these powers, just as there are from time to time abuses of criminal prosecution processes.

In this article a former US Federal prosecutor makes the case for civil forfeiture. It is a well-written piece by an eminently qualified author.

My only caveat is that I think the abuses that the US has seen have been at the State and County, not Federal, level.