Saturday Reading


The seminars offered police officers some useful tips on seizing property from suspected criminals. Don’t bother with jewelry (too hard to dispose of) and computers (“everybody’s got one already”), the experts counseled. Do go after flat screen TVs, cash and cars. Especially nice cars.

In one seminar, captured on video in September, Harry S. Connelly Jr., the city attorney of Las Cruces, N.M., called them “little goodies.” And then Mr. Connelly described how officers in his jurisdiction could not wait to seize one man’s “exotic vehicle” outside a local bar.

“A guy drives up in a 2008 Mercedes, brand new,” he explained. “Just so beautiful, I mean, the cops were undercover and they were just like ‘Ahhhh.’ And he gets out and he’s just reeking of alcohol. And it’s like, ‘Oh, my goodness, we can hardly wait.’ ”

Mr. Connelly was talking about a practice known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows the government, without ever securing a conviction or even filing a criminal charge, to seize property suspected of having ties to crime. The practice, expanded during the war on drugs in the 1980s, has become a staple of law enforcement agencies because it helps finance their work. It is difficult to tell how much has been seized by state and local law enforcement, but under a Justice Department program, the value of assets seized has ballooned to $4.3 billion in the 2012 fiscal year from $407 million in 2001. Much of that money is shared with local police forces.



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17 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    More theft by authoritarians, this time on a more local level, it pays to drive old cars and trucks, no fancy boats either, nothing a greedy cop would want,
    screw them!


    • º¿carol says:

      That confiscation bull shit is one of the outrages against us, against the frickin’ law….NO STEALING…..that REALLY pisses me OFF! How in the WORLD can they get away with the theft? A perfect example of authorities wiping their butts with the Constitution.

      It just goes on and on, a growing outrage, and authorities up the food chain don’t bother to stop it. Our government is useless in so many areas.


  2. Tim Hodges says:

    I am against all asset forfeiture unless it awarded as a result of a civil lawsuit as
    compensation for a wrongful death.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Ought to be illegal.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    It was Carly, long black hair, with the always stunning Natasha last night.


    • º¿carol says:

      David B. Benson says:
      November 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM
      I managed, all unknowing, to goof it up with Alice.

      So, what did you unknowingly do? Curious minds want to know. 🙂


      • º¿carol says:

        A new young lady says she will meet me for the Thursday concert. Later Natasha & friend stop up. Wow.”

        Hey!!! Things are looking up! People to see, people to talk to, places to go! Woo hoo!


  5. David B. Benson says:

    About 45 minutes on the sticks for 1.8+ miles to the Birch & Barley.

    Clear with lots of ice on the river.


  6. Den says:

    I think I will move here:


  7. º¿carol says:

    Got lots done today. Vacuumed the house, swept the kitchen and bathroom floors, washed clothes, changed the bed, fed us, washed dishes AND we went to Jackson, MI to Sears. Needed a few things. OH! Took the stuff out of the small basement freezer and put it out on the table on the back deck and turned off the freezer. Over 4/5 hours the big hunks of ice around the top of the freezer walls we coaxed into letting go. I wiped her down inside, turned her back on and later retrieve the frozen stuff from the table on the deck.

    We watched a movie, too. Been working on my Xmas cards the past hour, or so. Now I’m making my internet rounds, almost done then I’m going to work on one of my video projects. Hope I can get it done for Xmas. It’s for B&W Tree service. They’ve been my tree people for years and I always took pictures when they came out. Stringing the pictures together to make a video of their time here, seems like it would be the perfect thing.

    I better get going, two more stops to make before anything else.


  8. jim hitchcock says:

    One of my favorite Far Side strips is ‘what a dog hears’ :

    (speech bubble) blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah bad dog blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…


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