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Re: Florida: Police Hope to Seize Motorcycles Without Trial

I believe this comes under civil forfeiture. Under this law, the state needs not prove you violated a law, rather the item itself is "guilty." This was first used in the Revolution or civil war, I can’t recall which to confiscate English shipping and most anything else the government wanted. It is heavily used in the so-called "war on (some) drugs." fear.org is a good resource to find out about the terrible injustice of civil forfeiture. The cool part, for the government is, they have to prove nothing, the forfeiture-ee has to prove his property innocent of being involved in something criminal like it bought with criminal proceeds, was used to engage in a criminal activity etc. 70+% of people who have property seized are never charged with a crime.
 
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