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Taken in Texas: How Civil Forfeiture Threatens Property Rights—Including Yours

Scott G. Bullock

Think you’re innocent until proven guilty? Think again.

Using civil forfeiture laws, government can seize and sell your property without charging—let alone convicting—you of a crime. Forfeiture is rampant nationwide, with the federal and state governments raking in billions of dollars. Texas alone pocketed roughly $50 million in cash, cars, homes, and other private property last year.

This twisted system of justice is no work of fiction—it’s the law of the land in Texas and across the country. But there’s a growing movement to end these unconstitutional and abusive laws. Led by the Institute for Justice (IJ), victims of forfeiture abuse are reclaiming their property and their rights, states are reforming their laws, and national outrage over forfeiture fills the media and spans the political spectrum. IJ’s work has even reached the nation’s highest court. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court adopted IJ’s arguments in the case of Timbs v. Indiana, unanimously ruling that state and local authorities, in addition to federal authorities, cannot impose excessive fines, fees, and forfeitures.

Join IJ President and General Counsel Scott Bullock on April 16 for a revealing look at one of the gravest abuses of power in the country. He’ll be joined by two Texas residents and IJ clients, Eh Wah of Dallas and Anthonia Nwaorie of Houston, whose lives were turned upside down by civil forfeiture. Hear first-hand how these innocent travelers lost thousands of dollars to cash-hungry officials, and about the legal battle to protect their rights—and yours.

This event will be held at The Pecan Room at Old Parkland on Tuesday, April 16, with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. There is no charge for this event

Event SponsorInstitute for Justice
Event Date and Time Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5 p.m.
Additional Informationhttps://ij.org/support/events/texas-forfeiture-event/
Event Location

Old Parkland, 3819 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219


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