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originally posted by: Mountainmeg
Yep, had to check my calendar because I don't think it's April Fool's Day yet. Holder does something I agree with, who woulda thunk? I am curious as to what percentage of asset seizures this would affect since it's only the ones associated with the feds. That still leaves bully local & state stops.
While police can continue to make seizures under their own state laws, the federal program was easy to use and required most of the proceeds from the seizures to go to local and state police departments. Many states require seized proceeds to go into the general fund.
originally posted by: seeker1963
originally posted by: feldercarb
a reply to: TheArrow
I don't think that will end up being a good solution. It is already being reported that the marijuana being sold today is in the neighborhood of being 30 times more potent than that smoked in the '60s. Also, we don't need people high on PCP to be in a position where they can hurt somebody. Sometimes, laws do have a reason behind them.
Look at Afghanistan and the cash crop the US government is protecting there, and then take a look at the growing heroin problem in the country and ask yourself, "Is there really a war on drugs?"!
originally posted by: LOSTinAMERICA
Good deal. There's good news one day a year now. I am wondering how this is going to become a # storm. I know no good can come from Holder. There is an ulterior motive. People died because of Holder. I'll always remember the fast and the furious. He doesn't get an out. He can't bribe me by doing the right thing. The right thing is going to prison.
State and local government are going to make seizures acceptable. The fed looks like a good guy and the state and local governments get paid. Good cop bad cop is getting old. Then there's the flip side. Maybe the fed wants the state and local government to bite. They roll out a federal police force to clean corruption up. After the corruption is cleaned up, the boots are on your throat. I'm not cheering just yet.
While the new policy will have no effect on the federal government or joint task forces from continuing to seize the property of innocent Americans with nothing more than a suspicion, it is certainly a good first step towards a more just policy.
Read more at thefreethoughtproject.com...
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: infolurker
I did not think I would see the day when any person in power managed to actually pull their finger out and put a foot down on the neck of this disgraceful practice! I am sure Holder is still a moron for many reasons, but this is a step in the right direction if you ask me!
Holder’s decision allows limited exceptions, including illegal firearms, ammunition, explosives and property associated with child pornography, a small fraction of the total. This would eliminate virtually all cash and vehicle seizures made by local and state police from the program.
Those seizures under Federal Law don't account for a lot of state action though. As I stated before there are still the state laws that allow it.