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  • FASCISM: Leftist Tyrant Letitia James Threatens to Seize President Trump’s Assets if He Can’t Pay Outrageous Court Fine Ordered by Judge Engoron In New York Civil Fraud Trial

    02/20/2024 5:15:01 PM PST · by Red Badger · 132 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb. 20, 2024 6:40 pm | By Cullen Linebarger
    Tyrannical leftist New York Attorney General Letitia James has revealed she is prepared to seize (steal) President Trump’s assets if he cannot pay the outrageous court fine as ordered by compromised Judge Arthur Engoron. “If he does not have funds to pay off the judgment, then we will seek judgment enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets,” James told ABC News. As the Gateway Pundit reported, Engoron fined Trump $355 million and banned him from doing business in New York City for the next three years. Engoron claimed Trump “participated in aiding and...
  • Marine Veteran Wins First Round of Lawsuit Challenging Nevada’s Civil Forfeiture Laws

    02/13/2024 7:52:04 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Institute for Justice ^ | January 12, 2024 | Dan King ·
    Stephen Lara sued after the Nevada Highway Patrol took his life savings without charging him with any crime.. RENO, Nev.—On Thursday, the Second Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada denied the state’s motion to dismiss a Marine veteran’s lawsuit challenging the state’s civil forfeiture laws, after his life savings were taken through the controversial process nearly three years ago. Thursday’s decision means Stephen Lara, represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ), can continue his legal challenge to the state’s forfeiture scheme, which allows police to take people’s property without showing that they committed a crime. “The court’s ruling...
  • Sheriff Informs 88 "Street-Takeover" Thugs That Their Cars Are Impounded Indefinitely

    02/10/2024 8:33:25 PM PST · by Duke C. · 47 replies
    TLD ^ | 2/10/24
    GOOD! A sheriff that knows how to get sh*t done.... you want to FA you will FO
  • ‘Stop calling’: Over 80 cars towed during Stockton sideshow and sheriff says no one is getting their vehicles back soon [Calif]

    02/10/2024 11:10:40 AM PST · by CFW · 59 replies
    Fox40 ^ | 2/7/24 | Veronica Catlin
    (FOX40.COM) — Days after over 80 vehicles were towed during a sideshow in Stockton, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said that no one will be getting their cars back anytime soon. “We’re getting a tremendous amount of calls from people wanting their vehicles back,” said San Joaquin County Sheriff Patrick Withrow. “To those people whose vehicle we have in our possession, they can stop calling.” [snip] He added that vehicles deemed to be a public nuisance face the possibility of being destroyed.
  • FBI Seizures From Safe Deposit Boxes During a Raid on a Beverly Hills Vault Violated US Constitution: Federal Court

    01/25/2024 8:54:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 01/25/2024 | Zachary Steiber
    The FBI’s seizure of contents from safe deposit boxes during a raid on a Beverly Hills vault in 2021 violated the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled on Jan. 23.FBI director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, on Nov. 15, 2023. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)Agents raided U.S. Private Vaults, a business that allowed people to rent safe deposit boxes anonymously, based on the belief that criminals were using the service. The search warrant stated that agents could only open the boxes to inventory their contents and identify the owners for the return of their...
  • Federal Appeals Court Slams FBI’s Actions In Security Deposit Box Raid

    01/24/2024 6:49:34 PM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    Institute for Justice ^ | January 23, 2024 | Andrew Wimer ·
    Ninth Circuit panel unanimously orders FBI to destroy records it created during searches of US Private Vaults boxes.. PASADENA, Calif.—This morning, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel unanimously ruled against the government in a long-running class action lawsuit from the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of people who rented security deposit boxes at US Private Vaults. The decision slammed the FBI for overstepping its authority when it opened up hundreds of renters’ boxes, conducted criminal searches of them all, and attempted to permanently keep everything in the boxes worth more than $5,000, all without charging any box...
  • The FBI took $86 million from safe deposit boxes. An appeals court will decide if that's constitutional

    12/07/2023 4:20:57 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2023 | Hannah Ray Lambert
    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...
  • DOJ eyeing Americans ‘like ATMs,’ spending over $6 billion to aid civil asset forfeitures, watchdog says.

    08/10/2023 5:21:41 AM PDT · by Carriage Hill · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8.10.2023 | Hannah Ray Lambert
    The Department of Justice is shelling out more than $6 billion to private companies to manage its asset forfeiture investigations, raising alarm from one nonprofit law firm that accuses police of "treating ordinary Americans like ATMs" and seizing their cash. "You've probably heard the adage, 'you've gotta spend money to make money.' Here, it's 'you've gotta spend money to take money,'" said Dan Alban, head of the Institute for Justice's National Initiative to End Forfeiture.
  • United States Files Forfeiture Action Against Over Nine Thousand Rifles and Over 700,000 Rounds of Ammunition Enroute from Iran to Yemen

    07/06/2023 6:02:29 PM PDT · by CFW · 25 replies
    Justice Department ^ | 7/6/23 | staff
    The Justice Department today announced the filing of a forfeiture complaint against over 9,000 rifles, 284 machine guns, approximately 194 rocket launchers, over 70 anti-tank guided missiles and over 700,000 rounds of ammunition that the U.S. Navy seized in transit from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to militant groups in Yemen. “The government of Iran, through its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, remains bent on smuggling weapons of war to militant groups in violation of U.S. sanctions and international law,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “As this seizure demonstrates, the Department...
  • Arizona cops seized $40,000 in cash from black trucking boss who was traveling to buy a new rig after accusing him of being drug dealer

    11/20/2022 6:36:26 PM PST · by algore · 77 replies
    A North Carolina trucker has waged legal war against the entire police department of Phoenix, Arizona - after officers seized $39,500 in cash from him at a local airport alleging it was drug money. The suit, filed in April by Triple J Trucking owner Jerry Johnson, demands the sum returned in full for what he slammed as 'false accusations' by the force, who seized the money during an August 2020 stop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Johnson, the owner and operator of his Charlotte-based business, alleges that seizure was unjust, saying he had saved the money to purchase a...
  • FBI Seized $86 Million In Raid On Innocent Americans’ Safe Boxes After Duping Judge For Warrant

    09/27/2022 8:42:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 | Evita Duffy
    ‘The government’s theory is that having cash makes you a presumptive criminal, and I think every American should be worried about that.’ There is no denying anymore that our federal agencies have weaponized their power against the political adversaries of the left. But if you think the feds’ abandonment of all standards only affects outspoken critics of the regime, think again. More allegations of FBI corruption and hubris are coming to light after a lawsuit last week revealed FBI agents misled a judge so they could illegally seize and withhold property from innocent American citizens. Agents took more than $86...
  • What Is the FBI Trying To Hide About Its Raid on Innocent Americans' Safe Deposit Boxes?

    07/28/2022 12:23:26 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 33 replies
    reason.com ^ | 7/26/2022 | ERIC BOEHM
    Federal prosecutors want to keep key details about the planning and execution of the March 2021 raid at U.S. Private Vaults out of the public's sight.First, the FBI raided a private business to seize safe deposit boxes and assets belonging to hundreds of people who were not suspected of having committed any crimes.Now, prosecutors are trying to keep the public in the dark about why the brazen forfeiture effort was undertaken in the first place—and are offering little justification for why such secrecy is necessary.Four depositions that could be crucial to understanding the motivations and intentions behind the FBI's March...
  • To Promote Public Safety, Michigan Authorizes Cops To Rob Travelers at Airports

    06/02/2022 4:23:00 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 22 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | 6.2.2022 | JACOB SULLUM
    Graham Filler, a state legislator in Michigan, describes two recently enacted civil forfeiture bills as a "reform" that closed a dangerous "loophole." In reality, the new laws open a dangerous loophole by authorizing forfeiture of cash carried by travelers at Michigan airports without a criminal conviction. That change represents a substantial reversal of reforms that Michigan enacted in response to complaints about a system that allows police to seize and confiscate property based on little more than a bare allegation that it is somehow connected to criminal activity. "Traveling with cash is not a crime," notes Institute for Justice senior...
  • FBI and San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department accused of illegally seizing marijuana cash

    01/28/2022 2:37:23 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 28 Jan 2022 | Michael Finnegan
    The first sign of trouble for Empyreal came on May 17, when a sheriff's deputy in Dickinson County, Kan., pulled over one of its vans' drivers on I-70 for an alleged traffic violation and questioned her. She told the deputy she was on her way to pick up cash at medical pot dispensaries in Kansas City, Mo., then planned to drive the money back through Kansas the next morning to deposit it at a credit union in Colorado, according to the DEA. Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri but not in Kansas. The next morning, the DEA put the driver...
  • U.S. seizes funds of Capitol riot suspect who sold Jan. 6 footage to media outlets

    05/23/2021 11:14:56 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, May 22, 2021 | Rowan Scarborough -
    The U.S. has seized thousands of dollars in media proceeds from accused rioter John Earle Sullivan, who sold the rights to his Jan. 6 narrated video inside the Capitol to NBC News, CNN and four other outlets.The seizure was disclosed in a court filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by a prosecutor opposing Mr. Sullivan’s motion to release the money. Assistant U.S. Attorney Candice C. Wong said that Mr. Sullivan received $90,875 for rights to his widely posted self-narrated video.It included the stark scene of Ashli Babbitt being fatally shot by an unidentified Capitol Police officer as protesters...
  • Asset Seizure: Policing for Profit

    11/04/2021 8:48:55 AM PDT · by dmam2011 · 7 replies
    The Clarksvillian ^ | November 4, 2021 | Dave McGuire
    One of government’s most shocking powers is civil asset forfeiture or seizure. This power occurs when law enforcement confiscates private property with or without charging the owner with a crime. In Tennessee, the betting odds say it is more likely personal property will be taken by law enforcement than through a robbery. Scary, isn't it? Going back slightly more than a decade you will find Tennessee law enforcement has taken more than $150 million in cash and personal property – without criminal charges or legal accusations of criminal activity. The proceeds from these types of seizures are generally applied to...
  • New Orleans shoeshine man wins legal battle over $30,000 seized by DEA agents

    10/29/2021 8:51:58 AM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 42 replies
    NBC News / MSN ^ | Rick Schapiro
    Kermit Warren, an out-of-work shoeshine man from New Orleans, was carrying nearly $30,000 in cash through the airport in Columbus, Ohio, last November when federal drug agents stopped him and began asking questions. Warren was returning home with his life savings after the purchase of a truck fell through. He had a one-way plane ticket, no luggage and he gave some shaky answers about himself and the cash, leading the agents to suspect that it was drug money. Warren wasn’t charged with a crime, but the agents seized all of his cash. With his savings gone and the Covid pandemic...
  • Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement

    04/07/2021 1:49:17 PM PDT · by ammodotcom · 67 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 4/7/2021 | Sam Jacobs
    The current state of civil asset forfeiture in the United States is one of almost naked tyranny. Don’t believe us? Listen to the latest Resistance Library Podcast. Picture this: You’re driving home from the casino and you've absolutely cleaned up – to the tune of $50,000. You see a police car pull up behind you, but you can’t figure out why. Not only have you not broken any laws, you’re not even speeding. But the police officer doesn’t appear to be interested in charging you with a crime. Instead, he takes your gambling winnings, warns you not to say anything...
  • How to Beat Legalized Larceny

    11/25/2020 2:01:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2020 | Jacob Sullum
    Six months after the Drug Enforcement Administration stole $43,000 from Stacy Jones at a North Carolina airport, her lawyer, Dan Alban, received a letter from the aptly named Douglas Kash, a senior attorney in the DEA's Asset Forfeiture Section. "I am writing to inform you of the decision to return the above-referenced property," Kash said. While the DEA offered no explanation for its sudden benevolence, the reversal fit a pattern: Government bullies who use civil asset forfeiture laws to seize allegedly crime-tainted property from innocent people tend to back down when they encounter unexpected resistance. But because challenging a forfeiture...
  • The US government seized $1 billion in bitcoin from dark web marketplace Silk Road

    11/09/2020 9:49:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 6, 2020, 5:59am EST | James Vincent
    Earlier this week, the bitcoin community was shocked when a digital wallet containing roughly $1 billion in bitcoin...was emptied by an unknown individual. The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it had seized the wallet’s contents as part of a civil forfeiture case targeting the Silk Road. The government said it retrieved the roughly 70,000 bitcoins with the help of an unnamed hacker, whose identity is known to the government but who is simply referred to as “Individual X” in court documents. “Individual X” allegedly hacked the Silk Road’s payments system some time in 2012 or 2013. The government...