Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oh, the irony!

Sometimes the irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Sometimes it's so thick you can't cut it at all.

Radley Balko has an interesting article on asset forfeiture laws over at Reason.com. One part of the article dicusses a case here in Indiana, over in Putnam County, where the police seized $17,500.00 from Anthony Smelley. Mr. Smelley had just received the money in an insurance settlement.

Although no drugs were found on Mr.Smelley's car or person, and no drug charges were filed, the police kept the money,to supplement their budget, with the prosecutor claiming that it could be used to commit a crime in the future.


Last week, the police chief in Richmond Indiana offered to use his share of the money he gets from asset forfeiture laws, to help fund the Human Rights Office.

Now that's ironic.

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