Take the money and run.

It appears that last year the Long-arm-of-the-law had some issues filling their coffers with forfeiture booty.

The Strib reports Criminal forfeitures down last year in Minnesota

The state’s law enforcement agencies last year confiscated fewer items from convicted criminals and netted less cash from those items, the Minnesota Auditor’s office reported today.

The office’s annual report on cash and property seized found that 225 agencies realized just over $3.8 million in 2008, down 21 percent from the total a year earlier.

After expenses were deducted, the agencies realized net income of $3.5 million.

The overall number of seizures also dropped by 22 percent from 2007 to 2008, to a total of 3,823.

Typically when posting a poll I try to at least give the guise of objectiveness, but in this case I take issue with even the mere wording of “Criminal forfeitures” since many, if not most, forfeitures occur before there has been a criminal trial. Then if a person wants their property back they have to go through a civil trial in which their property actually becomes the defendant, essentially saying “I’m happy with the state. I don’t want to belong to my prior owner.”

Aside from the obvious risk of abuse I find the entire concept of our government taking property without first proving that it was gained illegally to be entirely ludicrous and offensive to the extreme.

Now I ask you, my lovely readers, am I way off base?


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  1. Does this task force make me look angry? | Minneapolis Metblogs (pingback) on August 20th, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

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