Another asset forfeiture outrage

Reason.tv has the story of Steve Oates, an Arizona man who could lose $455,000 for growing medical marijuana. Oates says he thought his operation was legal, and in fact he was never convicted of any crime. But under civil asset forfeiture law, the local police believe they can take everything he has and keep the proceeds for their department.

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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