Forfeiting Our Property Rights: Is Your Property Safe from Seizure?

Front Cover
Cato Institute, 1995 - Law - 100 pages
In Forfeiting Our Property Rights, Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois examines the abuse inherent in civil forfeiture, the law that lets government take property that is merely suspected of having been used in a crime. Hyde, one of Congress's leading conservatives and the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, shows how forfeiture law has cost innocent people their property and at least one citizen, Donald Scott, his life. In fact, over a quarter of a million Americans have had their property seized through forfeiture law. Although it has most often been used against suspected drug dealers, Hyde emphasizes that the war on drugs must not be used as a pretext for weakening the traditional protections of our property rights. Congressman Hyde proposes an overhaul of the law to protect innocent property owners, including a shift in burden of proof from the citizen to the government and a raising of the standard the government must satisfy to seize property in the first place.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


1 The Crisis of Asset Forfeiture
2 How We Got into This Mess
3 The Problem with the Police
4 What Must Be Done
5 Forfeiture ReformReal and Proposed

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information