Key to ending the practice in Tenaha, the legislation would forbid police or prosecutors from requesting, requiring, or in any manner inducing defendants to waive their property interests until a formal civil foreiture case has been filed in a district court. Hopefully that will at least slow down the highway robbery mentality that appears to have infected some Texas jurisdictions when it comes to asset forfiture.
See related Grits posts:
- Reining in asset forfeiture abuses
- DA's overreliance on asset forfeiture violates the law
- Take the profit motive out of asset forfeiture
- Senate committee: Asset forfeiture too often a profit-making venture
- Outgoing Sheriff went on forfeiture-backed spending spree
- Asset forfeiture dependent Sheriff views Hwy 77 as 'piggy bank'
- Asset forfeiture funds may get more accountability, money diverted to drug courts
- Levin: Assets seized from criminals shouldn't become political slush fund
- What's the difference between a pirate and a privateer?