Help the Institute for Justice fight civil forfeiture at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gerardo did nothing wrong. But under current civil forfeiture laws, that doesn’t matter. Civil forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize and keep innocent Americans’ cash, cars, and homes without even charging them with a crime. Help IJ end it.
Gerardo’s case started in 2015, when he was traveling to Mexico to visit family in his brand-new F-250. As he was crossing the border, Customs and Border Protection officers searched his truck, where they found five low-caliber bullets he had forgotten in the bottom of his center console. Calling the bullets “munitions of war,” the agents seized his truck.
Five forgotten bullets are all it took for the government to argue that Gerardo was an international arms smuggler, rob him of his property and refuse to take the matter before a judge for years. The truck sat in a government impound lot until 2017, when the Institute for Justice got involved in Gerardo’s case. In all of that time, Gerardo never had an opportunity to plead his case before a judge.
Now, with the help of the Institute for Justice, Gerardo is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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