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Many people are familiar with criminal forfeitures, but have not heard of civil forfeitures. Civil forfeitures are used to seize people’s assets without the necessity of an arrest or finding of guilt. Quite often the civil forfeiture process provides no due process protections.
Recently the New Yorker did a great job of covering this controversial topic. Its article, The Cops Can Take Away Your Cash, Car, Or House — Even If You’re Never Convicted Of A Crime, brings you up to speed on this lucrative practice. If you are a victim of civil forfeiture you have rights and should seek the assistance of a lawyer (outside the county engaged in the civil forfeiture).
I am a big fan of sea otters. Really. I spent my misspent youth surfing in the Monterey Bay area and sea otters were a constant companion in the kelp fields.
Apparently, the government had established a sea otter free zone (I can just see the Coast Guard pulling over wayward sea otters) and that zone was not renewed. They key issue appears to be that allowing sea otters into this zone will lead to a shellfish apocalypse. (Just imaging roving gangs of sea otters laying waste to the numerous shellfish found off California’s coast.)