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Posted: 1/20/2015 10:58:18 AM EST
But you will notice that those curbs don't apply to such things as child pornography and guns and ammo. WTF? How are guns and ammo lumped in with child porn?


Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday announced new curbs on a program in which state and local police use federal law to seize property connected to criminal activity and keep up to 80 percent of the proceeds. The other 20 percent goes to the federal government.

Holder said the equitable sharing program will mostly be eliminated, but exceptions will be made for property related to public safety concerns, including illegal guns, ammunition, explosives and materials associated with child pornography. In addition, the program will continue in the case of seizures by joint state-federal task forces or made pursuant to federal seize warrants. Holder’s order is here (PDF).

The impact of the changes is examined by Washington Post blog the Watch (in stories here and here), and in opinion columns published by the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) and the New Republic.

Many state laws have stricter evidentiary standards on forfeiture, or they require forfeiture proceeds to go into state general funds or school funds to eliminate police incentives to seize items, according to the Post. The federal program allowed police to bypass the state laws.

A New Republic column suggests the change may spur more use of criminal asset forfeiture—the seizure of property after a criminal conviction. Nor does it curb the federal government’s use of civil forfeiture.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:02:21 AM EST
Further demonization of guns and gun ownership.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:06:28 AM EST
And I didn't think it was possible for me to hate that motherfucker more than I did 10 minutes ago.

I was wrong.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:07:34 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:15:45 AM EST
Resign already.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:19:00 AM EST
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Originally Posted By jchewie1:
Resign already.
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You think his successor will be any better?
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 11:24:46 AM EST
The communists are a dedicated lot.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:11:21 PM EST
"What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it...make a part of every day, some kind of anti-violence, anti-gun message. Every day, every school, at every level ... We need to do this every day of the week, and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way." - Eric Holder 1995
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Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:29:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By FrankDrebin:
Nor does it curb the federal government’s use of civil forfeiture.
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Eliminating the competition.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:33:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 12:49:07 PM EST
You forgot medical marijuana patients caught with 156 plants and 10lbs of weed.
Link Posted: 1/20/2015 3:27:08 PM EST
Won't effect states with their own forfeiture laws in place.
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