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    Exclamation 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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    20K is a nice down payment on a new Bearcat.
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    $20,000 from Guillermo Espinoza, a construction worker
    Uh huh. Right.

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    Piracy

    Please tell me why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).

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    Can't have the enemy accomplishing his objective.
    [T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. (Heller, 554 U.S., at ___, 128 S.Ct., at 2822.)

    How long before "going liberal" replaces "going postal"?

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    Latent government logic: He is a beaner, therefore he must be into drugs.

    Why? Because $#@! you.

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    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.
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    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
    It's all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it's fitness or whatever. It's about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it.
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    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.
    [T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. (Heller, 554 U.S., at ___, 128 S.Ct., at 2822.)

    How long before "going liberal" replaces "going postal"?

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    We gonna make dem mexicans pay fer that wall one way or another! 20K is a good start. AMIRITE!!!!!!!


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    What cut of the loot does the judge get?






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