And the House Said: Let There Be Justice, Forfeiture and H.R. 1658

On June 24, 1999, by a lopsided vote of 375 to 48, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1658, the first major revision bill to the federal laws of civil asset forfeiture in more than 30 years. The importance of the measure and the gravity of the wrongs being remedied is reflected in the unlikely and uncommon bedfellows who joined togther to overwhelmingly approve […]

Ferraris, Frangelica and Forfeiture, Oh My!

On February 22, 1999, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Saphir instituted a new initiative to forfeit the vehicles of motorists arrested for driving while intoxicated. Under the initiative, the City is utilizing Administrative Code §14-140, a dusty, 50+ year old section of the City code, to punish even first-time offenders and those arrested, but not convicted, of a crime. […]