Senator Paul has introduced a bill to reform federal asset forfeiture laws.

Reason reports that Senator Paul has introduced a bill (the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act) to reform federal asset forfeiture laws. The proposed legislation aims at (1) heightening the Gov't's burden of proof for a forfeiture to a clear and convincing evidence standard (the standard that the late Henry Hyde unsuccessfully pushed for in 2000's reform legislation CAFRA); (2) forcing state police to follow state laws governing forfeitures (several states' police agencies circumvent state laws directing forfeiture funds to education by having the federal Gov't adopt their forfeitures in a process called equitable sharing); and (3) directing forfeiture proceeds to the Treasury's general fund (eliminating the profit incentive for most federal agencies).

 

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