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    Crooked In Texas

    It's towns like Tenaha, Texas and their enforcement bureaucracy that point up what's wrong with forfeiture laws. They lead to corruption and, in this case especially, out and out highway robbery. Here we have a case of corruption from the DA on down. Lots of jail time needs to be handed out, at the least.

    From Reason:

    The little town of Tenaha, Texas has been all over the news in the last year after several defense attorneys revealed the town's police had been pulling over motorists along a main highway, seizing their property (cars, cash, jewelry, etc.), then presenting them with an unsavory bargain: Sign a waiver forfeiting all of their property over to the police, or be arrested for drug crimes where, even if innocent, they'd face a night or more in jail and attorney and court fees that would usually amount to more than what the property was worth.
    One defense attorney found that of 200 seizures made by Tenaha police between and 2008, just 50 were ever criminally charged. That's actually about average for forfeiture cases. It's the bargain Tenaha police struck with motorists, nearly of them black, that's illegal.
    Tenaha's police department and Shelby County District Attorney Lynda K. Russell—who used forfeiture funds to pay for a Christmas party and to buy tickets to a motorcycle rally—are now subject to a federal civil rights investigation and a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of motorists by the ACLU of Texas.
    Here's the crazy part: Russell is attempting to use proceeds from the county's forfeiture fund to pay for her legal defense. That is, she wants to raid the fund she's accused of stealing from motorists to fund in order ot defend herself from accusations that she stole from motorists to fund it. The ultimate irony here is that when law enforcement officials freeze a suspect's assets in anticipation of a drug prosecution, the suspect isn't allowed to use any of those assets to pay for his own legal defense.
    The ACLU of Texas is asking the state attorney general to block Russell.
    Looks like the ACLU is doing their job down there. Kudo's to them.

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    For some reason, this story brings this picture to mind...

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    I hope Mrs. Russel and the cops who participated in this scam
    go to jail for a long time. No wonder few Americans trust their
    goverment.

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    Check out the DA and police force in Muncie, Indiana. The DA almost received a 90 day law license suspension but the Supreme Court said that 90 days wasn't long enough.

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    It's such an easy remedy too. Simply raise the standard of proof to clear and convincing evidence for these proceedings.

    I have all the answers. Why don't people listen (especially ex-girlfriends)?
    Is it November 4th yet?

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    Took a while but the ACLU finally reached a settlement with the robbers. Too bad it didn't result in public flogging and prison for them and their enablers. Hope all the people they stole from got their money back with interest, but that would be too much to hope for. Looks like the robbers get off scott free and get some new rules and likely some "training". Robbers used to get shot in Texas.

    Justice in Tenaha and the Current State of Texas Forfeiture Law | The Agitator

    http://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-ref...ry-cases-texas

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    and police wonder why some don't want to answer their ?'s ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Freeman View Post
    It's such an easy remedy too. Simply raise the standard of proof to clear and convincing evidence for these proceedings.

    I have all the answers. Why don't people listen (especially ex-girlfriends)?
    They won't listen to you because honest law enforcement does not come with an obscene profit margin. (Sorry, I can't help with the ex-girlfriends.)
    Government and pedophiles both practice buggering those powerless to defend themselves.

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    They must be taking lessons from Chicago.... Al Capone with a badge.....
    Mortui non mordant.......

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