Supremes to decide on police powers to take, keep assets

July 29, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will make a decision on the power police have to confiscate property such as cars, jewelry, and cash from private citizens – and keep it.

The Rutherford Institute is reporting that it has joined with the ACLJ and the Cato Institute in a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Culley v. Marshall.

The groups are arguing "against the government’s use of delaying tactics in asset forfeiture proceedings which make it difficult for individuals innocent of any wrongdoing to timely recover their property—especially cars and cash—seized by police who stand to profit from the forfeiture."

"Asset forfeiture is the government’s new, twisted form of guilt by association. Only it’s not the citizenry being accused of wrongdoing, just their money," said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People.

"What this adds up to is a paradigm in which Americans no longer have to be guilty to be stripped of their property, rights, and liberties. All you have to be is in possession of something the government wants."

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