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Bill designed to clamp down on property
seizures in Arizona advances

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Posted By: poster, 5/20/2020 11:35:45 PM

Arizona lawmakers are moving to erect new hurdles to protect individuals from having their property seized by the state. SB 1556 would end the ability of prosecutors to be able to take property simply by convincing a judge that it is connected to criminal activity. Instead, they would have to actually first convict someone of a crime. The 6-4 vote Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee came over the objections of prosecutors who argued that it would impair their ability to protect Arizonans from criminal activity. But (snip) their real objection is that the current law allows prosecutors — and the police agencies (snip) — to keep what they seize.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: cor-vet 5/20/2020 11:47:12 PM (No. 417326)
There's a little town in Southwest Louisiana that had a reputation as a speed trap, with the town/police allowed to confiscate your property/vehicle. Working for a major oil company, I traveled back and forth through that little town almost every week and they had the best that money could buy. It has nothing to do with safety or the law, it's just a money making business.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mushroom 5/21/2020 12:01:58 AM (No. 417337)
This concept of government taking property without any due process is wrong. You don't have to be charged to lose everything, There are many stories of folks that had life savings etc taken because the cop thought it was too much money and must be from drugs. This needs to STOP.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: seamusm 5/21/2020 12:05:19 AM (No. 417340)
'Bout time. This practice is among the most egregious violation of our constitutional rights.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Timber Queen 5/21/2020 2:10:08 AM (No. 417376)
Another Deep State coup against citizen rights brought to us by the War on Drugs.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 5/21/2020 3:17:58 AM (No. 417395)
"Warned that it would impair the prosecutors ability to protect Arizonans from criminal activity>" Hell, the prosecutors stealing is the criminal activity that this law is trying to stop.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2 5/21/2020 5:09:00 AM (No. 417426)
The same abuse is being practiced in New York State. Saint Cuomo will do anything for a nickel while getting the pleasure of using his jackboot on someone's neck, innocent or not. Complain to him and you get surprised with a letter from the state IRS.
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