Friday, November 14, 2014

We don't need an AG who champions theft by government

Regarding Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Robert Johnson of the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virgina notes this:
In a widely reported case, federal prosecutors working under Ms. Lynch have seized more than $446,000 from the innocent owners of a family-owned business on Long Island merely because they deposited their lawfully earned money in their own bank account in amounts under $10,000. The government hasn’t even alleged the money was the proceeds of any crime, yet it has denied the family due process by holding the money for two-and-a-half years without any hearing before a judge.
Johnson's comment is part of a letter to the editor appearing this week in the Wall Street Journal.

It's time we weeded civil forfeiture out of the system, not elevate another harsh practitioner to the top of the government bureaucracy that's abusing the system.

Additional background on the Long Island case via the Institute for Justice

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