Haven’t done one of these in a while. Here’s a puff piece by Frank Lewis in the Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times: Forfeiture â€“ an important tool. It’s essentially a promo for the U.S. Attorney’s office.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman has announced the creation of a District forfeiture unit tasked with ensuring the District is as successful as possible at seizing ill-gotten gains. […]
Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware agrees.
â€œAsset forfeiture has proven to be a valuable tool in disrupting criminal enterprisesâ€™ ability to continue to operate post conviction,â€ Ware said. â€œWhen done properly, civil and criminal asset forfeiture can provide for the dismantling of a criminal network instead of replacing one individual with the next individual to continue to operate the enterprise. This is especially true in the case of organized drug trafficking rings.â€ […]
Of course, nowhere in the article does it even consider discussing who gets the money from the forfeitures, or whether, in the case of civil forfeitures, the owner of the property has to actually have committed a crime to lose their property.
Notice the quote mentions “post conviction,” and yet much forfeiture doesn’t require any conviction at all.
Of course, Benjamin Gassman and Robert Ware like the program. If I had a program where I could take assets from private individuals and use them to increase my budget, I’d be pretty thrilled with it.
A real journalist would ask them if they would still be happy with the program if forfeiture required a conviction and all proceeds went to the general fund.
I also love this bit:
For example, in fiscal year 2016, the United States Attorneyâ€™s Office for the Southern District of Ohio forfeited assets valued in excess of $9 million.
Um, no. Citizens forfeited assets, not the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Of course, any discussion of citizens who actually forfeited assets are noticeably missing from this article.
In case Frank Lewis is looking for the correct word, The U.S. Attorney’s Office seized assets.
â€œForfeiture is a set of legal tools, both civil and criminal, that we use to ensure that crime doesnâ€™t pay,â€ Glassman said.
For drug cartels, crime pays millions of dollars. Forfeitures are the dividends governments obtain for authorizing criminogenic prohibition policies. Bribes and campaign donations are another source of crime-related payments for government or law enforcement officials, as are any monetary kickbacks for purchases of expensive, high-tech crime-fighting equipment.
Sorry to go off topic so soon in this thread but I thought this BBC report gives an insight into the true horror of Duterte’s war on drugs (steroid version). The alarming similarities between Duterte and Trump are clear.
If that doesn’t work outside Britain here’s Youtube:
Duterte isnâ€™t the only despot in history to make imbibing a mind altering substance a reason to summarily execute his subjects. Sultan Murad IV had a similar disposition:
One quibble my London friend. War on DRUG.
I’ve yet to see one article or story about this problem that wasn’t exclusively about meth. Where’s the marijuana needle, the hashish pipes, cocaine mirrors, liquid LSD, opiates and on and on?
Is all the fuss and murder just because a bunch of non-sleepy meth users are up all night with nothing better to do than petty crime?
Can we save them with an air-drop of cannabis seeds and copies of “Chasing the Scream?”
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Justin K. White, 38, the senior minister at First Christian Church since May 2011, is accused of planning with a juvenile to stage a burglary at his home Dec. 18 in order to file an insurance claim for the lost items and obtain insurance money in order to pay off a drug debt, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Fentanyl marketer Insys Therapeutics just had synthetic oral dronabinol approved by the DEA, placing it on Schedule 2:
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Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ:INSY)
Weight loss pill decreases cravings for people with opioid use disorder:
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