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June 20, 2018

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Confiscation Casualties of The Drug War
Last Featured: 4/10/2001

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Civil asset forfeiture has become a widely used weapon in the war on drugs. Law enforcement agencies have seized hundreds of millions of dollars worth of homes, cars and cash allegedly involved in crime. Should the government be allowed to take this property or does this violate the constitutional rights of property owners, many of whom are never arrested, charged or convicted?

Stefan Cassella is the Assistant Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section at the Department of Justice where he’s been a prosecutor since 1989. He has twice received the John Marshall award, once for litigating forfeiture issues and once for Operation Casablanca, an undercover investigation of money laundering through foreign banks.

Eric Blumenson is a professor at Suffolk University Law School where he teaches criminal law and human rights. A former Fulbright scholar, he is the author of several books and articles regarding criminal law and the war on drugs. As an Open Society Institute fellow, he researched and published Policing for Profit: The Drug War's Hidden Economic Agenda.

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"We make our own criminals and their crimes are congruent with a national culture we all share. It has been said that people get the kind of political leadership they deserve, I think they also get the kinds of crime and criminals they themselves bring into being."

— Margaret Mead

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Forfeiture Endangers American Rights
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The Right to a Jury Trial
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