Skip to comments.The FBI took $86 million from safe deposit boxes. An appeals court will decide if that's constitutional
Posted on 12/07/2023 4:20:57 PM PST by george76
Civil rights attorneys argue FBI defied warrant by searching people's safe deposit boxes...
FBI agents cataloged Cartier bracelets, Rolex watches and stacks of cash as they combed through safe deposit boxes seized from a Beverly Hills business accused of money laundering. But the owners of many of those boxes were not accused of any crimes.
After hearing arguments from both sides Thursday, a panel of judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether the sweeping raid violated customers' Fourth Amendment rights.
Agents took about $86 million in cash from the boxes, as well as a trove of jewelry, gold bars and coins, silver and other valuables.
Civil asset forfeiture is the process through which the government seizes money or other property believed to be linked to a crime without ever charging the owner.
attorneys from the Institute for Justice argued that the FBI "broke open hundreds of safe deposit boxes, and then it tried to civilly forfeit everything in those boxes worth over $5,000" after the raid without any probable cause.
IJ wants the appeals court to definitively state that the FBI violated individuals' rights and to force the federal government to destroy copies it made of customers' private documents — including medical records, wills and trusts —
The warrant only authorized agents to seize business computers, money counters and surveillance equipment.
Forfeiture generated more than $45.7 billion in revenue for the federal government alone between 2000 and 2019
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FDR did the same thing nationwide.
The FBI and the missing loot.....
They should return whatever WASN’T listed on the warrant!
“”But the owners of many of those boxes were not accused of any crimes.””
Of course not.
The feds were there to steal, not enforce the law.
In a Banana Republic such as ours, the government can grab what they want to.
Who’s going to stop them?
“...attorneys from the Institute for Justice argued that the FBI “broke open hundreds of safe deposit boxes, and then it tried to civilly forfeit everything in those boxes worth over $5,000” after the raid without any probable cause.
The appeal comes after a lower court last year sided with the FBI.”
This happened 3.5 years ago and people are still having to sue, and pay lawyers, to try to get their property back.
Where is this “Constitution” I hear so much about on this site ?
One if the Fed comments at the time was something like no one but criminals use these places.
It’s hard to believe this is still going on but the FBI stole btc fr the Silk Road guy and yet everything carried on as usual. The FBI is clearly above the law.
Thomas is vehemently opposed these seizures, maybe it’s time to do something about it?
My parents used to have important papers and a few valuable items in a safety deposit box. Then, my dad found out from the bank that the government could seize them, and often did just because no one had been to visit the box in a certain period. (He was in the IBEW and probably had to deal with someone this had happened to.) He closed out the box and brought it all home. This was about 1970.
Thieves. Those items are already gone.
Ever seen the home of a cop who’s been on the drug squad? A police salary won’t pay for a Camaro and an Escalade and a boat in the driveway
It’s pretty clear that until some of these abusers are charged, convicted, and sentenced to prison it will only get worse.
Well one can hardly expect hard working agents to have time to go to the local mall when getting gifts for loved one.
He was an sob fascist wannabee Dictator.
Biden could order the FBI to return the property if enough political pressure were put on him, especially in an election year.
Some guy robbed my apt complex many years ago in philly. This sounds about the same. Maybe he works for the FIBS now.
But the worst part is that if you sue the corrupt FBI/DOJ to recover your assets you have to prove the amount of the asset and how you obtained it. Which is assets backwards constitutionality.
Thank goodness we have Mike Johnson. Ohh wait.
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