asset forfeiture

1.18.18

Why Doesn’t the US Government HODL Seized Bitcoins?

The US government keeps seized cash, but auctions seized Bitcoin. What gives?

3.14.17

The Long Struggle to Reform the System That Lets Cops Casually Seize Property and Cash

Politicians in both parties have been trying to overhaul the process by which police confiscate the cash and belongings they think have some vague connection to crime. Then Donald Trump happened.

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12.17.15

Legal Ways to Acquire that Wu-Tang Album That Don't Involve Bill Murray

Shkreli owns the album. The FBI arrested Shkreli. And the American taxpayer owns the FBI. So what can we do?

11.11.15

Police Can Take Your Stuff for No Reason — And the Practice Is on the Rise

A new report details the rise of civil asset forfeiture, a process that allows cops to confiscate private property without charging anyone with a crime.

11.3.14

Want to Keep the Cops Out of Your Phone? A Fingerprint Scanner Won't Help

Law enforcement agents can make you swipe a finger to unlock your cell phone, but old-school passwords still offer some measure of privacy.

9.10.14

Are Libertarians Really to Blame for Ferguson?

The libertarian crowd has been warning about militarized police pretty much forever. But now they're getting blamed for empowering out-of-control local governments (and their cops).

9.8.14

Cops Can Take Your Stuff Without Convicting You of Anything

Since 2001, US police have seized $4.2 billion worth of goods from the public without so much as a trial.

5.27.14
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