Brad Cates Press

  • Ft. Worth Star Telegram Editorial

    Does anyone think it’s fair for the government to take your property when you’re not convicted of a crime? Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize an individual’s property (including cash), often without charging that person with a crime. It’s then up to the individual to prove the item’s innocence, often at significant personal expense.» read more
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial by Brad Cates

    New Mexico has become a leader in criminal-justice reform by passing a state law that abolishes civil-asset forfeiture and strengthens the authority of prosecutors to seize assets from convicted criminals. Now Virginia, Oklahoma, New Hampshire and other states are considering similar legislation to protect private citizens from the pitfalls of “policing for profit.”» read more
  • Washington Post Editorial

    By John Yoder and Brad Cates September 18, 2014 John Yoder was director of the Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture Office from 1983 to 1985. Brad Cates was the director of the office from 1985 to 1989. Last week, The Post published a series of in-depth articles about the abuses spawned by the law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture.» read more
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