Civil Asset Forfeiture: Analyzing Florida Procedure Regarding Law Enforcement's Shadiest Procedure*
American Journal of Trial Advocacy
Civil asset forfeiture has a long and storied history in United States jurisprudence. Civil asset forfeiture has become a hot issue again recently, provoking a media frenzy in outlets ranging from the Washington Post to the HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and culminating with a call by Attorney General, Eric Holder, for reform of the practice nationwide. This Article traces the history of civil forfeiture nationally, examines the Civil Forfeiture Statute in Florida, discusses the impact on civil liberties, and finally, looks to possible ways in which to reform civil asset forfeiture.
Leonard D. Pertnoy, Civil Asset Forfeiture: Analyzing Florida Procedure regarding Law Enforcement's Shadiest Procedure, 39 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 271 (2015).