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"Burden of proof flipped on its head"
Thanks, President Reagan.
Originally used as weapons to fight the war on drugs (have we won that yet?), forfeiture laws are now being used and abused with impunity.
The IRS right on down to your friendly, neighborhood cops can take your money, and you will have to prove you're innocent to get it back.
The burden of proof is supposed to be on the accuser, not the accused.
But since up to 80% of the spoils go to law enforcement, they have all the incentive in the world to keep doing this to whomever they can.