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"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
"Justice Department Pledges to Get Tough on Corrupt Corporate Bosses," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, October 29, 2021
"The Stanford Sailing Coach’s Defense in the Varsity Blues Case," by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, October 22, 2021
"A fight in Missouri shows the damage of overbroad hacking laws," by Joseph Marks, Washington Post, October 25, 2021
"Honeywell Expects to Pay at Least $160 Million to Resolve Bribery Probes in U.S., Brazil," by Mengqi Sun, Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2021
"Ericsson Accused of Breaching Bribery Settlement With Justice Department," by Dylan Tokar, Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2021
"Global minimum tax on corporations likely to be included in reconciliation bill, Yellen says," by Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, October 10, 2021