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Civil Forfeiture

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Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

unreasonable
adjective un·rea·son·able
Legal Definition of unreasonable
: not reasonable : beyond what can be accepted: as
a : clearly inappropriate, excessive, or harmful in degree or kind
b : lacking justification in fact or circumstance ; especially : irrational b c : not supported by a warrant or by a valid exception to a warrant requirement (as when there is reasonable suspicion) and therefore unconstitutional — see also search, seizure

Civil_Forfeiture Washington Monthly – Civil forfeiture has long been opposed, in principle, by elements of both the Right and Left as well as civil liberties-advocacy and defense groups. The ACLU describes it as an affront to our “nation’s conscience.” Civil forfeiture has also been in the crosshairs of libertarians—here’s a 2010 panel discussion hosted by the Cato Institute. But, as the ACLU’s court docket and this 2013 New Yorker investigative feature demonstrate, civil forfeiture invites abuses of power by police departments and cash-deprived state governments.

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