Federal government bullies are taking the small guy’s cash again — this time, a small market in Michigan. HLN won’t report this criminal activity, but we will.
Previously in 2013, unexpectedly, the government snatched the store’s complete bank account—more than $35K—and won’t give it back. The federal government wrongly implicated Terry and Sandy of breaking anti-money-laundering laws through consistent bank deposits of their store’s cash receipts. However they engaged in absolutely nothing unlawful and have been faced with no criminal offenses. Back in July, the federal government filed a lawsuit to hold the cash, not against Terry and Sandy but against the money itself, which explains why the case has the unconventional title of United States v. $35,651.11.
Federal civil forfeiture law has an abject absence of due process: it’s impossible to quickly get a judgment from an impartial decision-maker regarding the legitimacy of the government’s seizure, and thus Terry and Sandy need to go to battle in federal court against the U.S. Department of Justice to prove themselves innocent and get their cash back. Astonishingly, the cash stolen by the federal government are going to be utilized to finance the very same budgets of the very same federal agencies that snatched the funds to begin with.
On Sep 25th, 2013, Terry and Sandy partnered with the Institute for Justice to battle right back. A success for Terry and Sandy will justify not merely their constitutional right to be clear of scandalous forfeiture techniques, but the right of each and every American to not have their property snatched from them by government authorities when they’ve done absolutely nothing wrong.