Thursday, August 3, 2017
Rand Paul Goes After Civil Asset Forfeiture
In his latestessay for Rare, Senator Rand Paul condemned the government’s abuse of civil asset forfeiture and discussed how his Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act would restore the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” to our justice system.
“A major problem with civil forfeiture is that it does not reflect the fundamental presumption of innocence that is vital to our nation’s criminal justice system,” said Dr. Paul.
“The Fifth Amendment protects Americans from being deprived of their property without due process of law,” he continued, “yet civil forfeiture allows the government to take an individual’s property without first proving guilt.”
The bill would also eliminate the federal equitable sharing program and ensure that law enforcement cannot ignore state law.
"We should not let criminals keep the profits of their crimes, but we must also uphold the fundamental idea that the government should not be able to deprive Americans of their right to property before proving guilt," Rand wrote.
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