No clear title? Then choose between your liberty and your property

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February 29, 2012
Americans for Forfeiture Reform
by Scott Alexander Meiner  
Posted in Commentary

"Perhaps simply confused, the effect of the appellate court’s ruling would seem to create situations wherein private property can be permanently confiscated from private citizens who aver ownership interest unless they waive the protections against self-incrimination and answer expansive interrogatories-without any adjudication on the merits of the seizure. The framework would seem to permit the government to wield Article III standing challenges as a weapon designed to put the private citizen in the untenable position of having to sacrifice one constitutional right to maintain another." (02/28/12)

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