Cato Institute, Rep. Henry Hyde Hold Press Conference
on Asset Forfeiture
The Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies cordially invites you to a Capitol Hill Press Conference.
FORFEITING OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS: IS YOUR PROPERTY SAFE FROM SEIZURE?
Representative Henry Hyde
Republican -- Illinois
Across America today, zealous law enforcement officials are seizing property ranging from homes and cars to bank accounts and businesses, which they then keep on the basis of a legal fiction that the property, although often held by an innocent owner, was somehow "guilty" of criminal conduct. To get their property back, owners face an uphill battle to prove their innocence -- sometimes without the means, which have been seized, to defend themselves. A new Cato Institute book by Rep. Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, argues that today's civil forfeiture laws are undermining our most fundamental liberties. Hyde will soon introduce reform legislation that will, among other things, restore the traditional presumption of innocence for property owners.
Thursday, June 22, 1995
2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue & South Capitol Street, S.W.
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