• AR-Judge rules cops can keep innocent man's $20k because "paperwork"

    Arkansas Trooper Steals $20,000, Because Nobody Innocent Carries That Much Cash

    https://reason.com/blog/2016/05/11/a...000-because-no

    Prosecutors tried to drop the forfeiture case, but the judge would not let them.

    Jacob Sullum|May. 11, 2016 10:31 am

    The story of how cops stole $20,000 from Guillermo Espinoza, a construction worker with no criminal record, is sadly familiar in most respects: In July 2013, while driving through Arkansas on his way to Texas, Espinoza was pulled over by a state trooper who discovered a large amount of cash in the car, which he viewed as inherently suspicious. The money was seized and eventually forfeited based on vague allegations of drug-related activity. But there's a twist: There was so little evidence of such activity that local prosecutors decided to drop the forfeiture case. The judge would not let them, and last week a state appeals court declined to review that astounding decision because Espinoza had missed a filing deadline.

    It's not clear why Arkansas State Police Sgt. Dennis Overton decided to stop Espinoza, who was traveling with his girlfriend, Priscila Hernandez. The legal justification for pulling Espinoza over was missing from the state's September 2013 forfeiture complaint, which referred without explanation to "the traffic stop," and from Circuit Court Judge Chris Williams' September 2014 order authorizing permanent confiscation of the money, which said only that the stop was "proper." In his response to the forfeiture complaint, Espinoza argued that the stop was illegal, so it would be nice to know what the rationale for it was. While police have no shortage of excuses for pulling motorists over, they are supposed to settle on at least one.


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    1. Spikender's Avatar
      Spikender -
      20K is a nice down payment on a new Bearcat.
    1. TheTexan's Avatar
      TheTexan -
      $20,000 from Guillermo Espinoza, a construction worker
      Uh huh. Right.

    1. jkr's Avatar
      jkr -
      Piracy
    1. mrsat_98's Avatar
      mrsat_98 -
      Can't have the enemy accomplishing his objective.
    1. osan's Avatar
      osan -
      Latent government logic: He is a beaner, therefore he must be into drugs.

      Why? Because $#@! you.

      Have a nice day.
    1. phill4paul's Avatar
      phill4paul -
      You steal $20k from me and you are gonna come to an agreement real quick. And that is all I'm gonna say on the internet.
    1. TheTexan's Avatar
      TheTexan -
      Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
      Latent government logic: He is a beaner, therefore he must be into drugs.

      Why? Because $#@! you.

      Have a nice day.
      Yes, if he was white the police officers surely would not have confiscated the $20k in cash
    1. mrsat_98's Avatar
      mrsat_98 -
      Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
      Latent government logic: He is a beaner, therefore he must be into drugs.

      Why? Because $#@! you.

      Have a nice day.
    1. Mani's Avatar
      Mani -
      We gonna make dem mexicans pay fer that wall one way or another! 20K is a good start. AMIRITE!!!!!!!


      MURIKA! BURP.
    1. Ronin Truth's Avatar
      Ronin Truth -
      What cut of the loot does the judge get?


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