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"Amid criticism, Pa. law enforcement confiscated $15 million in property in FY 18," by Ryan Briggs, WHYY, September 18, 2019
"DA Krasner fought against civil asset forfeiture. But under his watch, the practice continues," by Ryan Briggs, WHYY, September 11, 2019
"A DEA Agent Got a Drug Dealer to Buy a Truck So the Agent Could Seize it Through Asset Forfeiture," by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, August 29, 2019
"Commentary: 3rd Cir. Reaffirms Well-Established Materiality, Scienter Principles for Rule 10b-5 Claims," by Robert L. Hickok, Jay A. Dubow and Erica H. Dressler, Legal Intelligencer, August 30, 2019
"Opinion analysis: Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states," by Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog, February 20, 2019
"Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops," by Ryan Briggs, WHYY, December 10, 2018
"Business, Progressives Unite at Supreme Court Against Big Fines," by Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg Law, November 21, 2018
"Philly agrees to overhaul civil forfeiture program to settle lawsuit," by Chris Palmer, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 18, 2018
"Police Seized Property of Close to 1,000 People in Michigan—Without Ever Convicting Them of Crimes," by Scott Shackford, Reason, July 11, 2018
"Supreme Court Will Decide If Civil Forfeiture Is Unconstitutional, Violates The Eighth Amendment," by Nick Sibilla, Forbes, June 19, 2018
"The Pain Hustlers," by Evan Hughes, New York Times, May 02, 2018
"Congress Passes Legislation To Curb Online Sex Trafficking Of Children," by Alina Selyukh, NPR, March 21, 2018
"Inside Uncle Sam's Secret Bitcoin Hoard," by Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, February 21, 2018
"Here’s the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When They’re in Trouble With the FBI," by AJ Vicens, Mother Jones, December 28, 2017