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NACDL News: Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Disappointed in Announcement of Regressive DOJ Policy on Asset Forfeiture

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk

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NACDL was disappointed in the July 19, 2017, announcement by the Department of Justice that it is returning to ill-advised forfeiture policies that it had recently abandoned after much public scrutiny. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an expansion of law enforcement’s ability to seize money and property from people and businesses who are suspected of criminal wrongdoing, but who have not been convicted or even charged with a crime.

New policy guidelines accompanied the announcement, reflecting the Department’s acknowledgement that there are serious due process concerns regarding the methods and protocols of the federal government’s seizure program. NACDL commends the Department for recognizing that more safeguards are necessary, but believes that systems that rely on self-policing are not adequate protections against a set of practices that have previously resulted in widespread abuses.

NACDL Past President Barry J. Pollack said: “We should not return to a

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