Sheldon Richman on Civil Asset Forfeiture and Why the IRS is the Worst

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For some time now we've lived with the scourge of civil asset forfeiture, under which the police can seize a person's property on the mere suspicion it was used in a crime and without having to charge the owner with an offense. Since the authorities have no burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proving innocence falls on the hapless citizen who wishes to recover his property. Amazingly, people describe as free a society that features this outrage. Now it comes to light, writes Sheldon Richman, that the Internal Revenue Service does something similar.

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