The government has no power to keep consumers in the dark—or to prohibit the use of terms that consumers understand—in order to protect special interests from honest competition.
Institute for Justice
Civil Forfeiture Enables The Government to Take Ownership of Property Without Even Charging Its Owner with a Crime
In far too many states, civil forfeiture enables law enforcement to take ownership of property without even charging its owner with a crime. And some states make challenging forfeiture cost-prohibitive—so innocent owners can never even get their day in court.
“The Constitution provides protections for people like the Helvenstons who want to use their property in a peaceful, productive manner without arbitrary intrusion by the government,” said Ari Bargil, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a public interest civil liberties law firm. “The City of Orlando is violating this most basic of rights by insisting that the Helvenstons destroy their vegetable garden or face severe fines.”
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