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9/24/1999

Cardhouse passed along this article

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:24 am

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Cardhouse passed along this article regarding Oakland, CA’s property forfeiture laws. It looks like the state of California is on the verge of putting common sense back into the laws, making a conviction necessary for property seizure. Jerry Brown, someone I had always respected, is very angry because Oakland laws states that only a suspicion of guilt is necessary. In Oakland, an officer can say “I thought I saw you buy drugs from your car” and the city gets your car. No trial needed! You can either buy your car back, go through a long appeals process (the city’s never lost an appeal), or give up. According to the article, a city attorney is proud of the statistic that shows “60 percent of the people arrested are from out of town.” People from out of town are much less able to fight back, making them a better target for the city. I make a decent wage, but if this were to happen to me, I don’t have the means to fight back. Why is Jerry Brown and Oakland so against the notion that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty?

Well, that’s all of my rant. Thanks for listening. Now mail Jerry Brown and tell him what you think.

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