North Dakota Upholds ‘Worst’ Forfeiture Law
North Dakota says once again it's OK for police to seize property without a conviction.
State lawmakers unanimously killed a proposal this week to require law enforcement to get a criminal conviction before seizing property though civil asset forfeiture proceedings.
Meanwhile, in Minnesota, where they already require a criminal conviction before asset forfeiture can happen, state lawmakers passed and Gov. Dayton signed a bill to make it harder for cops to seize jointly owned property after a DUI conviction.
According to the Institute for Justice, a civil-libertarian law firm, North Dakota has some of the worst asset forfeiture laws in the country.