Sep 13, 2017

Holden Commends House Vote to Reverse DOJ Expansion of Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

Post by Geoff Holtzman

Arlington, VA — Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using taxpayer money to expand an unconstitutional program known as civil asset forfeiture.

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement:

“We applaud the House of Representatives for voting to reverse the Justice Department’s recent decision to expand civil asset forfeiture, an unjust and unconstitutional program that unfairly targets the least fortunate and does nothing to keep communities safe. This legislation is a positive step that will safeguard Americans’ civil liberties, restore the presumption of innocence for citizens and businesses, and free our brave law enforcement officers to focus on their proper role of protecting the people they serve.”

Last week, Freedom Partners joined a coalition dedicated to the protection of civil liberties and private property urging the House of Representatives to support this legislation, calling it “a positive step that will prevent the federal government from undermining state-level reform.” Freedom Partners urges the Senate to follow the House’s lead and support this important legislation.

BACKGROUND

Freedom Partners Joins Coalition Urging Passage of House Bills to Curb Civil Asset Forfeiture

Holden: DOJ Expansion of Asset Forfeiture Unjust and Unconstitutional