Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Amerika: The Backward Banana Republic

This is what the law says:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


This is actual practice.

https://fee.org/articles/wed-return-your-seized-property-except-we-already-sold-it/




No legit moral authority.


1 comment:

SiGraybeard said...

Yeah, we're already a banana republic.

In addition to this property seizure, another technique they'll do is name the property itself as the defendant! Property has no constitutional rights, so the prosecutors maintain they can do whatever they feel like doing. There was one case in Massachusetts where the Feds sued a motel, with the intent of taking it, selling it, and giving the proceeds to the local police. It happens to be, in essence, the life savings of the couple that owns it. They never were charged with a crime, let alone convicted.