Asset Forfeiture

Eric Holder Orders End to DOJ Program that Shares Seized Assets with Police

System was rife with abuse, encouraging law enforcement agencies to take people's property without charging them with crimes.

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Big, huge news on the civil asset forfeiture front: Eric Holder is ordering an end to most of the Department of Justice's Equitable Sharing Program. This is the program where the DOJ works with local law enforcement agencies for busts, and then the law enforcement agencies are permitted to keep 80 percent of the assets seized. It has been an incubator of the worst police abuses, as some agencies looked for any possible reason to take people's property without ever actually accusing them with a crime.

The Washington Post has the scoop:

"With this new policy, effective immediately, the Justice Department is taking an important step to prohibit federal agency adoptions of state and local seizures, except for public safety reasons," Holder said in a statement.

Holder's decision allows some 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.

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.

That difference between how the state and federal programs operate is important. The federal program is what encouraged the police abuse because the agencies got to keep the money (and cars, and whatever else they snatched). When the money goes into the general fund, not directly to the police, there goes the incentive for police to grab whatever they can get their hands on.

Read more here. This is an extremely important development in the civil asset forfeiture fight.

Here is Reason's archive on asset forfeiture. Eliminating or reforming this program was one of Reason's policy recommendations for Congress for 2015.

UPDATED: Read Holder's memo here. The order also excludes joint task forces, which limits some of the potential impact.

UPDATE II: After looking over the numbers and Holder's order more closely, it seems as though The Washington Post greatly overstated the impacts. Jacob Sullum has more here.

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182 responses to “Eric Holder Orders End to DOJ Program that Shares Seized Assets with Police

  1. And Congress should stake the heart of this, after DOJ has done its part!

    1. Grassley has promised to do just that:

      http://classicalvalues.com/201…..-stealing/

  2. Oh, and that is quality alt-text, that is.

    1. Agreed, I had to pause reading the article becuase it caused an a laugh my co-workers heard. (Or is that fellow inmates?)

  3. except for public safety reasons

    Stay tuned for everything being a matter of public safety.

    When the money goes into the general fund, not directly to the police, there goes the incentive for police to grab whatever they can get their hands on.

    Very true. Here in Maine, it all goes to the general fund. Seized assets, fines and all. Since the cops don’t profit from stealing shit and issuing tickets, they don’t do it nearly as much. With one exception: when they work with the feds.

    1. When the money goes into the general fund, not directly to the police, there goes the incentive for police to grab whatever they can get their hands on.

      False, it just changes the incentive structure. When it goes into the general fund, it incentivises the politicians to pressure the cops to seize shit. I just spreads the incentive further.

      The fact that the Feds are no longer taking their cut of the vig, could actually increase the local incentive, where all this shit happens, anyway.

      Not sure that this is a win for anyone.

      1. it incentivises the politicians to pressure the cops to seize shit.

        Bingo. It’s not like cops aren’t already following the orders of local leaders to fill the coffers with proceeds from parking tickets and such.

      2. it incentivises the politicians to pressure the cops to seize shit.

        Except that around here they don’t. Not as far as I can tell.

        When local municipalities profit from tickets and the stuff cops steal, then they absolutely put pressure on the cops to loot the citizens. But the state government is far enough removed that such pressure is not felt as much, if at all.

        1. Yeah, the local structures do affect how well the incentives work. It’s all a matter of how direct the kick-backs are. A significant number of places have some kick-back mechanism installed.

          The little PDs in STL county (like Ferguson) are fucked up because of these structures.

          The city of St Ann has 12K people and covers 3 sq miles. From their website, “The St. Ann Police Department is a progressive agency of 38 sworn officers and 13 civilians.” That, right there, is what you call a self-licking ice cream cone.

      3. It’s a step in the right direction. Now it’s up to all of us to push force asset seizure reform legislation in our respective states.

        I suspect our mileage will vary

        1. which should consist of simply restating the text of the 4th and 5th amendments.

    2. My wife got pulled over doing at least 80 and was issued a warning. I’m sure she would have been given a ticket if the funds went directly into the MSP coffers.

  4. Hey, I’m not taking back what I’ve said about the guy, but props for this. I’d buy him a beer!
    But it’d have to be cheap…

      1. N’Atty General?

        1. Limited time offer, send in the UPCs from three twelve packs or cases with $5.95 for S&H, and they will send you an insulated beer can holder – N’Atty General Holder.

  5. When did Holder procure a conscience?

    “Oh, here’s the problem. You see that? He was set to “Soulless Repilcant Cunt.” I switched him over to “Human.” He’ll be close the real thing, even imitating real emotions.”

  6. If this is what it is claimed to be, and the exceptions don’t consume the rule, then this is awesome news.

    I see no short-term political advantage in this for Holder and Obama, so I can’t imagine why they are doing it. Any theories?

    1. Sticking it to the cops, because they’re all racists?

      1. Right thing for wrong reason…done!

        1. Thus is liberty preserved in some small way in the U.S. . .by complete and unintended accident. Or not, if it’s all bullshit. Words come easy to this administration.

          1. Unfortunately the Joint Theft Forces got exempted – “you can only steal as part of helping us!”

            Bah.

            1. yeah, wake me up if this doesn’t happen to coincide with a massive spike in “joint task forces” where the Fed’s section of the Venn diagram is a single desk clerk somewhere.

              or if annual LE budgets don’t have a suspicious, near-perfect correlation with their haul from the prior fiscal year.

    2. 2016, RC, they’re trying to make things as easy as possible for their candidate.

      Also, what ProL said.

      1. I really want to believe they are scared of Rand Paul and this fear motivated the policy change.

    3. Since lefties typically live in a bubble of idealism untainted by real world consequences, they’ve failed to account for the effect this will have on federal asset forfeiture revenue.

      See, they’re not looking to curb excesses by local police, they’re looking to get the whole pie, rather than just 20% of it.

      When revenues plummet like Venezuelan oil production, they will be shocked.

      1. I wish you’d watch your generalizations. More than a few of us lefties have been screaming about asset forfeiture for many years, regardless of who gets the swag. If one needs to find a political motive for Holder’s actions, well, perhaps that’s it.

        1. Your sarcasm detector appears to be malfunctioning.

    4. “I see no short-term political advantage in this for Holder and Obama, so I can’t imagine why they are doing it. Any theories?”

      That’s what’s got me and the reason I’ll buy him a (cheap) beer!

      1. Mabe the feds were spending too much time looking at the newly acquired kiddie porn and this is their punishment…or North Korea hacked Eric Holder.

    5. I believe Loretta Lynch was going to be pressed on this in her confirmation hearings.

      1. Yep. And its becoming a percolating political issue.

        Note that he didn’t stop the Feds from doing this, either. Or task forces.

        Expect more task forces while the public thinks the witch has been killed.

    6. My best guess is: because it’s his second term, and he’s not a Republican.

      Seriously. All my friends are progressives, and I spend half my time arguing with them about how shitty the Democrats are. But with my cohort here on Reason I can admit it: the Republican Party is the biggest bunch of motherfucking criminals I have ever seen. They really all should be taken out and shot, with the exception of a handful.

      Except of course that -so much- of my cohort libertarians are fucking retards who will attack Democrats mindlessly while giving scum-sucking Republicans a pass on everything. Assholes.

      1. I share your frustrations.

      2. Didn’t get your cake this morning?

      3. Not at all, it just happens that a democrat is in the white house so the ire gets directed at him. Wait till Romney is Pres in 2016 and the tide will turn.

  7. Oh my. If he’s not lying (public safety exception???), this means that local po-po are going to have to come up with other, creative ways to fill that budget gap. More speed traps aren’t going to cut it.

    1. The hell they won’t! Even FHiPs are going after people en masse, which they never used to do. I got a nice, big ticket on vacation last month, thanks to a huge speed trap. They must’ve busted hundreds of people that day.

    2. Depends on state law. This only applies to cases where locals work with the feds.

  8. Wow. So Holder isn’t completely a worthless sack of shit. Now end civil asset forfeiture.

  9. Long time listener, first time caller…

    Anyway, can someone explain to me the poster Cytotoxic to me? I don’t get why the outspoken Objectivist Canadian hater of collectivisim is so prone to using the ‘royal we’ when speaking about America, in particular with respect to immigration policy, a country he does not actually live in.

    Sorry if I’ve missed the obvious explanation. I don’t really understand Bo and a few others, don’t want to be fooled into thinking fake people are indeed real?

    1. I’ve been a regular for a long time and still am as confused as you.

      Anyway, nobody who posts here regularly is a sockpuppet, despite frequent claims to the contrary. Shriek and Tony are just idiots.

      1. *ahem* Tulpa and his Sock Army?

        I know, I know, … he has been fortunately scarce since getting shown to be a Sock Master.

        1. Tulpa’s mommy only lets him play here on weekends.

        2. Tulpa himself wasn’t a sock and none of his socks posted regularly, that I recall.

          1. Tulpa was the main, his sock army betrayed him because he couldn’t remember which one he was logged in as…so, it wasn’t a really long time he socked, but noticeable.

          2. Darn him.

      2. Not entirely sure of that. I’ve had arguments with Tony, even post registration, where it was like I was arguing with a completely different person. Argumentation tactics, diction, even clarity of arguments was different. Maybe he was just inebriated in some way, but the switches seemed to happen over the course of weeks, not days.

        1. …”Maybe he was just inebriated in some way, but the switches seemed to happen over the course of weeks, not days.”

          Pretty sure Tony is tanked often enough when he posts here.
          He was pretty clear about it on what to me was a Friday afternoon several months ago; ‘It’s nighttime here!’

    2. Everybody has their hobby horse, and some have a harder time arguing rationally about theirs. Cyto’s is nationalism, Bo’s is SoCons, Eddie’s is sex.

      1. Bo strikes me as more of a social justice warrior.

        1. Bo is a twit who has a fetish for analogies, but manages to fuck them up every single time.

          1. Well it’s hard to make valid analogies when you lack the ability to recognize a logical inconsistency when you see one.

            1. Bo will also argue for argument’s sake, Shifting goal posts around so much that he ends up on a completely different baseball court.

              /Analogy by Bo

              1. That’s some funny shit right there Bobarian.

        2. Right, which is why he’s obsessed with SoCons.

        3. Bo knows social justice (insert Nike swoosh)

      2. Nationalism is not remotely my hobby horse. Fail.

      3. Cytotoxic’s is less nationalism and more ‘murder people until peace happens’.

    3. Or how Cyto is always volunteering American soldiers to engage in global warfare despite himself being neither American nor in the military.

      1. I’m not volunteering them you dolt, I’m arguing why they should be deployed in certain situations. My occupation and nationality are irrelevant to the qualities of my arguments.

        1. Deploying in certain situations = volunteering them to engage in warfare.

          Let’s not use euphemisms for what you’re arguing.

          1. Is conscription still in force? No? Then I’m not volunteering them. They volunteered. I had hoped you wouldn’t resort to the failsafe ‘can’t argue with me if you’re not in the military’ fallacy deployed by peacenazis when I crush their arguments, which I always do.

            1. Then, no offense, but I am grateful I was under DoD and US civilian control and not yours…

            2. It’s more that you’re Canadian and basically wish to use our military as your playtoy to squash baddies and make you feel safe while you sit up there guzzling maple syrup and watching hockey (/s).

              Also, the term “peacenazis” is maybe the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, made even worse when accompanied my your pretentious illusion of intellectual superiority.

              1. Best post in the thread.

              2. “peacenazis” doesn’t sound so dumb if you consider how many peaceniks of the 1930s acted as de facto nazi supporters by opposing war with Hitler.

            3. Presumably they (we, if you include my past self) volunteered to be sent to just wars and in a competent fashion.

              Maybe it’s because most volunteers are from government schools and history isn’t their strongest suit… Or that all “history” taught in the government schools tries to make the US government look like competent saints.

              I was homeschooled, so I’m just an idiot, apparently…

        2. But you’re arguing for the use of another country’s military to further the goals of another country than that in which you live.

          It’s kinda weird man

          1. He wants Asian-(American) boys to do a job 9,000 miles away that Canadian boys shouldn’t be doing. -LBJ

    4. I don’t get why the outspoken Objectivist Canadian hater of collectivisim is so prone to using the ‘royal we’ when speaking about America, in particular with respect to immigration policy, a country he does not actually live in.

      Meh. Come on, Canada can basically be regarded as part of America can’t it?

      1. I was turned away at the border for refusing to answer whether or not I owned a gun back home. Not feeling the love.

        1. That sucks. You should have just lied.

          1. I may when I go again someday. But at the time the principle of the thing really seemed important.

            1. The principle is better served by lying in this case. The Muslims have Taqiyya (sic?), a practice of lying to non-Muslims to preserve and advance their faith. Practice libertarian Taqqiya.

              1. I’ll add that to my collection of bones to pick with Islam.

              2. So it’s OK to lie to Canadians ?

                1. “Yes Mr. Mountie, I do enjoy listening to Bryan Adams, Anne Murray, and Nickelback.”

              3. Funny thing about taqiyya is it’s only a legal principle in Shia sharia law, not in any of the Sunni strains of sharia law. So laying Sunnis are just flat-out lying for the sake of it.

        2. I was turned away at the border for refusing to answer…

          I think this also happens at the toll on the tri borough bridge.

        3. Wait… wut? They won’t let you into Canada if you have guns at home?!

        4. FS if you remember the guy who turned you away you might want to write a letter to the higher-ups, or to a conservative Cdn. politicial as I wonder if what he did was… “extra-legal” based on his own personal views.
          Canada lacks a 2nd amendment but there’s a conservative gov’t in power and this kind of question sounds like a really weird thing to ask if it were gov’t policy to ask it

      2. Not if you ask actual Canadians.

      3. I mean, part of North America, yeah…

    5. Cytotoxic may have legit narcissistic personality disorder or sociopathic tendencies, requires more data. Bo’s just pedantic and likes to pat himself on the back for his moral superiority and John tends to go into an amygdala hijack mode where he loses all self awareness, none are sockpuppets. Palin’s Buttplug is just a run-of-the-mill smug soundbite machine, may be the result of brain damage caused by drug use. Tony appears to be a true believer but may be more than one person, he’s really inconsistent. Craiginmass is a real example of the mental processes of people who think the Koch brothers run the world.

      Only two people engage in random sockpuppets: some guy called Tulpa who constantly changes his name, and Mary Stack, who is a legitimately mentally ill person who obsessively reads the comments here and constantly posts stuff elsewhere about the evil Reason libertarians.

      1. Tony appears to be a true believer but may be more than one person, he’s really inconsistent.

        I’ve long suspected that “Tony” is an account set up by some group of left twats that all take turns using it. It would explain the inconsistencies.

        1. Speaking of Craiginmyass, I haven’t seen little Joe in a long time. Has he changed handles again. He was previously JoefromLowell, I believe, and something else before that.

          1. I don’t think Craig is Joe.

            1. Maybe, but Craig started posting regularly when Joe stopped, and they both made the same basic asinine arguments. Maybe they’re brother/uncles.

              1. Craig IIRC is way nastier than Joe ever was.

              2. Perhaps all members of the Kennedy clan…

      2. Thanks for the summary. I’ve been reading here long enough to remember the White Indian gambol crusades but not long enough to have seen her get John’s personal information during that period of her ‘episodes’

      3. That bitch Mary might be reposting me elsewhere? Awesome.

      4. Ooh! Oooh! Do AmericanSocialist next!!!

    6. ” I don’t really understand Bo”

      Bo don’t even know Bo”

  10. Checking the calendar I see it’s not April 1st. So what’s the catch?

    1. Finding Funds for PDs will be classed as a “Public Safety Exception”

      1. “This car was once involved in carrying a child; ergo, there is probable cause that it participated in the production of child pornography”.

  11. Countdown to outraged official statements from LEA’s across the country protesting the FED’s “attack” (probably racist) on local LEA.

    1. Will they refuse to enforce bullshit laws?

      I’ll only take them serious if they sit in donut shops and bitch about politicians.

      1. Hard to predict.

        They can still enjoy citizen harassment, abuse even, but without stealing people’s shit?… meh.

        1. I don’t think this stops locals from continueing the the abuse, it just reduces the Feds participation in laundering the ill-gotten gains.

  12. Somebody finally show Holder the Fraud Triangle?

  13. Isn’t he on his way out? Did he do this so that the incoming AG could show ‘cooperation’ with Local agencies by reinstating it?

    1. I suspect that because he’s on his way out he’s trying to improve his image and “legacy” or something. The next AG probably will re-instate the policy, at which point it will be those RETHUGLIKKKANZ fault for not ending the practice for good when they had the chance.

  14. I wonder if the enforcers will just ignore the policy and keep doing what they do. It’s not like they ever face any consequences for their actions.

    1. But the mechanism gets dismantled… they would have to stick to outright theft of cash and small, portable valuables.

      1. …”they would have to stick to outright theft of cash and small, portable valuables.”

        So the vig is cut, but some of the techniques stay the same?

  15. This is much too good of news to start the weekend with. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    1. Here you go:

      The order also excludes joint task forces, which limits some of the potential impact.

      God fucking damnit, Holder. You are a worthless sack of shit after all.

      1. Whoops – that screws the majority of this up. DAMN IT!

        I fucked up and was optimistic for a few minutes.

  16. women and minorities disproportionately affected? Because otherwise, I got nothing.

  17. my neighbor’s mother-in-law makes $61 every hour on the internet . She has been without work for nine months but last month her pay check was $21792 just working on the internet for a few hours. visit this site right here……………
    ????? http://www.cashbuzz80.com

  18. my neighbor’s mother-in-law makes $61 every hour on the internet . She has been without work for nine months but last month her pay check was $21792 just working on the internet for a few hours. visit this site right here……………
    ????? http://www.cashbuzz80.com

  19. $89 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening?And i get surly a chek of $1260……0 whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids.
    Here is what i did
    ?????? http://www.paygazette.com

    1. Look, bots, this is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let’s not bicker and argue about who pays more than who.

  20. Does anyone know if the original statutes read as a “may share forfeitures”, that Holder is now choosing not to participate or as a “shall share forfeitures”, that Holder is now just nullifying?

    Right decision … I’m just curious about the propriety of the methods, given this administration’s propensity for ignoring the separation of powers with selective enforcement.

    1. *participate IN

      1. It’s “shall share” but the decision whether to pursue a forfeiture or not is a decision to be made by the prosecution and they have wide discretion to do that or not.

  21. Great. Seriously, this is by far the greatest victory for civil liberties in ages. However, this repeal should be codified in an Act of Congress. An expansive equitable sharing program can just be restarted again by a new administration/AG.

  22. This reminds me of the popular TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard”. The setup is that Hazzard is the county/town/agency where the Duke boys live. The Duke boys menace the sheriff, Boss Tweed, with full knowledge that the feds will not come to his rescue. How horrible is that? Holder might be of side of reason and justice here, but his propensity to stick his dick into anything that moves is not.

    1. Boss Tweed? Wow, those Duke boys really got around. Maybe the General Lee is a time machine.

  23. The order also excludes joint task forces, which limits some of the potential impact.

    Shit. I was all fired up to post something about how happy I would be if all the fucking scumbags in the Missouri River Drug Task Force drank themselves to death over this.

    Basically guts the order, doesn’t it? Just another empty promise from the Pontificator-in-Chief.

    1. Basically guts the order, doesn’t it?

      It will be business as usual, once it gets papered up.

      The bad news is that, once you formalize a “joint task force” you’re gonna use it at least as much as you did the old informal coordination. By incentivizing joint task forces, this probably makes the problem worse, not better.

      Incentives. How the fuck do they work?

    2. “Basically guts the order, doesn’t it?”

      I don’t think it really guts it, per se.

      “Joint federal and local investigations accounted for just 9 percent of all seizures but 43 percent of the value of all seizures. Local and state seizures without federal participation amounted to 57 percent of the dollar value of the seized items under Equitable Sharing since 2008 ? $3 billion out of $5.3 billon, according to Post research.”

      So this would eliminate 91% of the actual siezures that occurred.

      1. I suspect this will simply redirect the efforts into the channel that allows the looting. There are too damn many departments dependent on this boodle to run.

        1. I suspect this will simply redirect the efforts into the channel that allows the looting.

          Indeed.

          And I wonder what the second-order effects of multiplying joint task forces will be?

          1. Ratcheting up the federalization of local police agencies.

            1. Sadly, I think you hit the nail on the head here. This could potentially result in even MORE federal control at the state and local level. If so, this is a huge “fuck you, I’m outta here!” by Holder.

  24. I see no short-term political advantage in this for Holder and Obama, so I can’t imagine why they are doing it. Any theories?

    A thumb in the eye for all the Law and Order Republicans?

    1. What would be really odd about that is that the Democrats always try to co-opt the law and order crap. Always. Because they’re scared of taking a bath on “soft on crime.”

    2. Actually, this follows on a demand by Republicans. From the article:

      Holder’s action comes as members of both parties in Congress are working together to craft legislation to overhaul civil asset forfeiture. Last Friday, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), along with Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), signed a letter calling on Holder to end Equitable Sharing.

      1. So the point is to blunt political momentum for more substantial reform by implimenting this soppish exeecutive order.

        1. Makes a lot of sense.

  25. I wonder why he waited 6 years to do this. What a putz.

    1. As much as I recile Eric Holder, I’m not going to recile him for doing the right thing. Even after all this time.

      1. A leopard can’t hide it’s spots, my friend. This is potentially a “bait and switch” move. I wish it weren’t so, but look at the source?…

  26. Even FHiPs are going after people en masse, which they never used to do. I got a nice, big ticket on vacation last month, thanks to a huge speed trap. They must’ve busted hundreds of people that day.

    In the 80s, I was cruising along at my habitual 75mph(in a 55mph zone) pace southward toward Daytona on 95(?) and came around a bend to see at least a dozen Florida HP cars lined up in the entry ramp from a rest area.

    “You have been observed by aircraft, et c….”

    Cunts. They probably pilfered thousands that day. At least it was before routine search-and-seizure.

    1. LOL

      I once drove a 930 Trubo Porsche from Houston the ST. Louis. on the second day of driving I came upon 2 gold colored HWY Patrol cars parked on the side of the road with their lights on. I can’t even remember the State I was in.

      I pulled up behind them and stopped because I was doing 120 thinking they would be less mad. They also said the airplane clocked me. They were mad until I showed them I had the title to the car and then got real cool with me about they car. They wrote me a ticket and let me go. I never paid it so I can nenver drive to St. Louis from Houston again since I don’t remember which State I was in.

      Does anyone know which State along that line has GGold colered Highway Patrol cars ? This was in the late 80s.

      1. Iowa had vaguely gold looking highway patrol cars back then.

        http://copcardotcom.fotki.com/…../iowa.html

  27. Is it April 1st already?

  28. the Democrats always try to co-opt the law and order crap. Always. Because they’re scared of taking a bath on “soft on crime.”

    Based on this administration’s routine lack of forward strategic thinking, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Glitter Twins did this out of petty vindictiveness without ever considering the effect on their left wing authoritarian buddies.

    1. And thank you, Sweet Jesus, that team blue was unprepared for their legislative power during the first two years after Obama’s first election. I listen to Rush sometimes and he goes on and on complaining about shiftless Obama can be. B..B.but that’s his saving grace.

  29. Eric Holder actually did a good thing today. I’m not sure I have ever had cause to use those words in that order in a sentence before.

  30. Now if the Feds could only give back the unfairly seized Liberty Dollar rounds that they took as “evidence” in Bernard von Nothaus’s kangaroo court trial. They need to do two things: 1) redeem existing paper warehouse certificates for seized precious-metal rounds; 2) look over seized LD computers for “electronic” warehouse receipt records, so that those may be redeemed as well. Although I think it is a travesty of justice that the rounds were seized at all, not to mention kept by the Feds for so long (and, likely forfeited to them), I would be grudgingly accept the government making an honest effort to make LD owners whole with the rounds they legitimately owned, paying for the administration of that effort by selling off unclaimed rounds, and, if they must, keeping the rest. That would be a way of mitigating the injustice inherent in this sorry episode.

  31. Wow, I guess it’s true, even a blind squirrel finds an occasional nut…

    1. A broken clock is correct twice a day.

  32. Wouldn’t life be grand if government took responsibility and offered mea culpas?

    Instead, when pressured, the rascals do the minimum and divert attention elsewhere.

  33. I’ll take it and drink a toast to a little chunk of freedom regained. Never thought the Berlin Wall would come down or the Soviet Empire implode either. Perhaps, there is some hope for my children.

    Thanks Reason for your efforts over the years highlighting this gross inequity.

  34. OMFG – the Obama administration actually doing something in support of citizens, instead of doing something TO them? Wow – stand by for reports of flying pigs (no pun intended)….

  35. The Feds should now go back a few years and refund all the ‘assets’ stolen through asset forfeiture.

    1. Unless you look really good in blue, don’t hold your breath for that to happen. People tend to turn blue as a result of holding their breath for prolonged periods of time, if they don’t pass out first.

    2. Great idea!

  36. At the possible risk of doing Mr. Holder an injustice,I’m given to wonder as to the following, re curbing the Theft Under Color of Law, that was and remains the Civil Asset Forfeiture scam. WHAT TOOK HIM SO LONG?? I believe that the Plain English answer, if one were obtained, unlikely I submit, would prove more than casually interesting. That being said, I readily admit to never having been overly impressed by either the president or his Attorney General, for I well remember, among other things, Operation Fast and Furious, it’s ongoing cover up too.

  37. Finally after all this time,he does something good.
    Maybe his boss will legalize pot.

  38. From everything I have read (but not knowing him in person) I would have to conclude that Holder is an evil arrogant racist. I can only imangine him taking this action if minorities, especially blacks are benefitted and he (and perhaps BO/Dems) gain political advantage. Can anyone provide more information?

  39. The “order” excludes joint task forces and joint federal-state actions. It also excludes federal subpoenas. So like every other loudly-trumpeted Eric Holder “directive,” the fine print contradicts the headline and effectively changes nothing. These “exceptions” mean that equitable sharing has not ended.

  40. my roomate’s aunt makes $83 an hour on the computer . She has been out of a job for 7 months but last month her check was $20229 just working on the computer for a few hours. read more……….
    ????? http://www.netpay20.com

    1. At 83 bucks an hour…you’d need to work nearly 250 hours to accrue $20229 in one month.
      When did “a few hours” equate to more than 60 hours per week??
      You scammers are friggin’ idiotic.
      Seriously, who falls for this shit?
      I need to know.
      I bet Eric Holder has…or rather, he’s probably the one posting these spam comments.

  41. “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to office.”

    -Aesop

  42. just before I looked at the draft four $9879 , I didn’t believe that…my… father in law had been truly erning money part time from there computar. . there dads buddy has done this for only 21 months and just repaid the dept on their apartment and bourt a great Land Rover Range Rover .
    Read More Here ~~~~~~~~ http://www.jobs700.com

  43. my buddy’s half-sister makes $66 an hour on the computer . She has been without a job for five months but last month her payment was $19090 just working on the computer for a few hours. browse around this site……….
    ????? http://www.cashbuzz80.com

  44. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is wha- I do…… ?????? http://www.jobsfish.com

  45. up to I looked at the check 4 $9975 , I did not believe that my brother woz like they say trully taking home money in there spare time from their computer. . there best friend has done this less than 10 months and a short time ago paid for the depts on there home and purchased themselves a Ariel Atom . have a peek at this website………..
    ????? http://www.Workvalt.Com

  46. my neighbor’s step-aunt makes $80 an hour on the internet . She has been laid off for five months but last month her payment was $12901 just working on the internet for a few hours.
    website here……..
    ???????? http://www.paygazette.com

  47. Earning money online was never been easy as it has become for me now. I freelance over the internet and earn about 75 bucks an hour. Get more time with your family by doing jobs that only require for you to have a computer and an internet access and you can have that at your home. A little effort and handsome earning dream is just a
    click away.,.,.,.,
    ??????????WWW.WIKI-CAREERS.COM

  48. Earning money online was never been easy as it has become for me now. I freelance over the internet and earn about 75 bucks an hour. Get more time with your family by doing jobs that only require for you to have a computer and an internet access and you can have that at your home. A little effort and handsome earning dream is just a click away.,.,.,.,
    . ?????? http://www.wiki-careers.com

  49. Why is this good news? So we lose revenue from criminals which will force law abiding tax payers to pick up the slack. Great news guys, great news.

    1. How many “criminals” were subject to Civil Asset Forfeiture. Criminals are here defined as individuals arrested, charged,indicted and convicted of committing crimes. Oh, by the way, what of INNOCENTS who suffered under a regime of Theft Under Color of Law. Think before answering, please.

    2. You dumb asshole, civil forfeiture has nothing to do with criminality. You don’t even have to be charged with a crime to have your property stolen.

  50. Eric Holder might be complimented for his action. The following question remains, given that he is in his 6th year as Attorney General. What took him so long?

    Additionally, what in blazes was going on in the “minds” of members of Congress (House and Senate), when they enacted the legislation enabling what can be described as, with unfortunately complete justification, Theft Under Color of Law.

    1. Money, money, money, money.

  51. just before I looked at the draft four $9879 , I didn’t believe that…my… father in law had been truly erning money part time from there computar. . there dads buddy has done this for only 21 months and just repaid the dept on their apartment and bourt a great Land Rover Range Rover .
    Read More Here ~~~~~~~~ http://www.jobs700.com

  52. my roomate’s sister-in-law makes $61 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her payment was $13483 just working on the laptop for a few hours. you can check here…………
    ????? http://www.jobs-sites.com

  53. my roomate’s sister-in-law makes $61 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her payment was $13483 just working on the laptop for a few hours. you can check here…………
    ????? http://www.jobs-sites.com

  54. my roomate’s sister-in-law makes $61 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her payment was $13483 just working on the laptop for a few hours. you can check here…………
    ????? http://www.jobs-sites.com

  55. Ella . even though Paula `s artlclee is terrific… I just purchased Mazda MX-5 after having made $6168 thiss month and-also, ten-grand this past month . this is certainly the best-job Ive ever had . I started this four months/ago and practically straight away began to bring in over $86… per-hour . read ………
    ????? http://www.cashbuzz80.com

  56. $89 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening?And i get surly a chek of $1260……0 whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids.
    Here is what i did
    ?????? http://www.paygazette.com

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