(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)
New on the podcast: thought crime, “buying food” at Costco, and Wyoming’s ag-gag law.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seized Gerardo Serrano’s truck as he tried to cross the border into Mexico. Serrano’s crime? Nothing. He’s never been charged. But agents did find five low-caliber bullets in his center console (which Serrano, a U.S. citizen with a concealed-carry permit, had forgotten were even there). According to CBP, this means the gov’t can forfeit the truck because Serrano was transporting “munitions of war.” To contest the forfeiture, Serrano posted a bond of over $3,800, but it’s been two years and he is still waiting on a hearing — and making monthly loan payments on the truck. Last week, Serrano and IJ launched a class action demanding the agency provide a prompt hearing before a judge whenever it seizes property. Read more about the case here.