Monday, December 12, 2016

Institute sues for info on gov't-seized property

IJ Sues IRS, Other Gov't Agencies For Forfeiture Records | The Daily Caller - Kathryn Watson:

December 9, 2016 - "A nonprofit public interest law firm is suing the IRS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for withholding records of cars, cash and property seized by authorities under federal forfeiture statutes.

"The Institute for Justice [IJ] filed two lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday after both agencies denied requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for government forfeiture of database records for 21 months.

"'The lack of transparency surrounding forfeiture is deeply troubling, especially considering the vast power law enforcement has to take property from people without so much as charging them with a crime,' Lisa Knepper, IJ director of strategic research, said in a statement. 'The public ought to know how forfeiture is being used.'

"Forfeiture laws — which IJ and other critics deem unconstitutional — allow law enforcement agencies to seize cars, cash, and other property that may be involved in a crime, without charging the owner with a crime."

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