U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI-07), the Washington Post's Radley Balko, and the Institute for Justice's Scott Bullock to discuss civil asset forfeiture and the need for reform legislation, including the FAIR Act, on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, in the Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium. Event is free and open to the public. Registrants may also attend online through the Heritage Foundation's event portal: http://www.heritage.org/events/2014/07/civil-asset-forfeiture. The event, entitled Arresting Your Cash: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers, will be moderated by Andrew R. Kloster, a legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Also, if you haven't already, please take a minute to let your members of Congress know that you support the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act through our write your member of Congress portal @ http://bit.ly/WHgWOF. As we have noted, the FAIR Act would introduce three core reforms to federal civil asset forfeiture practice: (1) it would eliminate most of the direct incentives driving asset forfeiture abuse by directing forfeiture proceeds to the Treasury department's general fund in lieu of the DOJ's asset forfeiture fund; (2) it would prevent state and local police from evading state laws governing the availability of civil forfeiture and the distribution of forfeiture proceeds (several states' police agencies, for instance, circumvent state laws directing forfeiture funds to education by having the DOJ adopt their forfeitures in a process called equitable sharing); and (3) the Act would increase the Government's burden of proof for a forfeiture, from a preponderance of the evidence standard to that of a clear and convincing evidence standard, the standard originally proposed for the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 by the late Henry Hyde.
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