Episode 20: Can the Government Steal Your Stuff? Yes. It's Called Civil Asset Forfeiture. (Part 2)

April 24, 2015

In the last podcast episode, I talked about how law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels have been misusing U.S. civil asset forfeiture laws to seize billions in property and money from ordinary law-abiding Americans.  They're taking homes, cars, boats, and even the cash out of your wallet.

 

In this episode, you'll hear about how the feds are taking civil asset forfeiture abuse one step farther and literally stealing money out of the bank accounts of citizens who have done nothing wrong.  In this episode, I talk to grocer who came to the U.S. to follow the American dream but then one day the IRS suddenly and without any justification sucked $35,000 from his bank account.

 

I also reveal that one of the worst abusers of civil asset forfeiture laws is President Obama's newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  In just one case, her department took $446,000 straight from the bank account of three brothers who had done nothing wrong and were never accused of any crime.  And worst of all, her department dragged the case on for 2 1/2 years without even giving the brothers a hearing before a judge.

 

I also talk more with Rob Johnson, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, who has defended victims of these so-called "structuring" cases," and Roger Pilon, the founder and director of the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies, who explains what can be done to stop this outrageous and arguably un-Constitutional abuse of the law.

 

Click here to download the full podcast episode.

 

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