This week Nebraska’s Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, signed into law a bill that all but abolishes the practice of civil asset forfeiture in that state.Civil asset forfeiture allows authorities to seize cash and property from people they suspect of a crime. In most states, and under federal law, authorities may get to keep the proceeds regardless of whether the person is ever convicted, or even charged, with a crime.
But that’s no longer the case in Nebraska. Now, authorities must obtain a criminal conviction before they can seize a person’s belongings. Nebraska is now just the 10th state to require this level of protection for property owners. In 40 other states plus the District of Columbia, police can still take and keep an individual’s property without a criminal conviction — and in many cases, without even charging someone with a crime. Click Link Below for More.
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