27 Blog Posts From the Civil Forfeiture Tag


The Drug Whisperers

You may have heard about people getting speeding tickets not based on the reading of a radar gun or other instrument subject to empirical verification but solely on the basis of an armed government worker’s “training,” his estimation — that is, his or her opinion — about how fast the alleged offender was traveling. In […]

oos Lobbying in DC, Part 2 – License to Steal: oos E-Newsletter #465

oos Lobbying in DC, Part 2 – License to Steal: oos E-Newsletter #465

I get annoyed by the overuse of certain clichéd buzzwords and catch phrases in our area of advocacy, terms like “big brother,” “nanny state,” and “taxation by citation” for instance. That isn’t to say that they don’t sneak into the oos vernacular from time to time. In fact, I used the golden oldie “highway robbery” […]

oos Lobbying in DC, Part 1 – Reeling in Traffic Enforcement: oos E-Newsletter #464

oos Lobbying in DC, Part 1 – Reeling in Traffic Enforcement: oos E-Newsletter #464

Enabled by contributors to our Spring 2017 Campaign, the oos is pursuing its 2017-18 National Legislative Agenda in Washington. More precisely the current focus is on two of the agenda items – eliminating federally funded ticket blitzes and restricting the bounds of civil asset forfeiture. Part 2 of this newsletter in coming weeks will describe […]

Next Generation Police Tools: oos E-Newsletter #462

Next Generation Police Tools: oos E-Newsletter #462

Traffic enforcement continues to go high tech beyond just the newest drone technology. Here are three recent examples of how police are using federal and state funding – some from assets seized from citizenry – to patrol motorists. Police Body Cameras In late October, results from a large study on police body cameras was released […]

Gotcha Speed Enforcement – Feds Are Complicit: oos E-Newsletter #460

With great thanks to advocate Joe Bahen, the oos played an active role in the development of the 2012-2016 Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). With the SHSP for the next five years now moving into the implementation phase, Joe continues to work with state officials to craft a safety roadmap that is effective and […]

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