A group of U.S. Senators is calling on Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) to deny funding for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ expansion of the federal government’s civil asset forfeiture program.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reinstating a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) program enabling local law enforcement agencies to circumvent state laws restricting civil asset forfeiture by laundering forfeited assets and money.
Under orders from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Federal prosecutors are no longer allowed to force companies to make payouts to outside groups under settlement agreements with the Department of Justice.
A new Oklahoma law imposes significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment, on people and organizations involved in trespassing and other unlawful acts against oil and gas pipelines and related energy infrastructure.
Starting in July, Iowa residents will enjoy greater protection from local and state government agencies that want to seize and keep citizens’ property without criminal convictions through a process called civil-asset forfeiture.
A U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee is considering the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act), a bill to reform and standardize government law enforcement agencies’ surveillance of individuals’ cell phones and digital devices.
The 2017 Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act would block the U.S. Department of Justice from requiring defendants being prosecuted by the Federal government who accept a settlement agreement to make donations to third-party organizations.
Wisconsin state Sen. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) is sponsoring a bill that would restrict local and state government agencies’ ability to take citizens’ property without criminal convictions under a process called civil-asset forfeiture.
Dallas, Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) is requesting a criminal investigation of the city’s government pension fund program after the government employees’ union rejected reforms proposed to rescue the fund from insolvency.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law restricting local and state government police agencies’ ability to participate in a federal program distributing assets and property seized from citizens without criminal charges or search warrants.