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"'Hard Row to Hoe': Skeptical Supreme Court Hears Demand for Quick Forfeiture Hearings," by Jimmy Hoover, National Law Journal/Law.com, October 30, 2023
"Michigan still has a way to go in reforming civil asset forfeiture, new report shows," by Jarrett Skorup, Mackinac Center, October 09, 2023
"Police Seized Innocent People's Property and Kept It for Years. What Will the Supreme Court Do?," by Billy Binion, Reason, July 11, 2023
"Supreme Court Narrows the Reach of an Aggravated Identity Theft Law," by Charlie Savage, New York Times, June 08, 2023
"Justice Department Promises to Crack Down as Corporate Crime Cases Decline," by Dylan Tokar, Wall Street Journal, October 03, 2022
"Federal Court Says Warrantless Seizure Of Vehicles Over Unpaid Fees Violates The Constitution," by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, September 23, 2022
"Report Shows Kansas Law Enforcement Seized $21 Million From People, Most Of Whom Were Never Charged With Crimes," by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, June 13, 2022
"Boston City Council resolution urges state to reform civil forfeiture laws," by Saurabh Datar, WBUR, May 04, 2022
"Kansas law enforcement routinely produces error-filled reports on seized cash and property," by Duane Schrag, Kansas Reflector, April 17, 2022
"Police Seized Almost $10,000 From Him. A Court Ruled He Had No Right to an Attorney.," by Billy Binion, Reason, April 01, 2022
"Biden highlights anti-money laundering as a tool to combat corruption," by Daniel L. Stein, Gina M. Parlovecchio, and Marie C. Notter , Reuters, January 19, 2022
"Kansas and California Cops Used Civil Forfeiture to Stage Armored Car Heists, Stealing Money Earned by Licensed Marijuana Businesses," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, January 18, 2022
"As the jury deliberates Elizabeth Holmes' fate, experts say 'fraud is complicated'," by Bobby Allyn, NPR, December 29, 2021
"A profile of Wall Street's top cop: SEC Chairman Gary Gensler," by David Gura, NPR, December 13, 2021
"Prosecutors in Elizabeth Holmes Trial Revealed Untruths, but Did They Prove Intent?," by Heather Somerville, Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2021