Grassley: Loopholes allow for continued abuse of civil asset forfeiture

Grassley-090507-18363- 0032From Press Release


U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee today released the following statement about the Justice Department’s new policy regarding the use of asset forfeiture in connection with structuring offenses.

“I’ve long expressed concern about structuring being the basis for civil asset forfeiture, because it has the potential to sweep up property of otherwise law-abiding citizens. I welcome the Justice Department’s efforts to narrow the use of asset forfeiture to structuring case that hide significant criminal activity, but I fear the Department has again included broad loopholes that could allow abuses to continue.  I’m committed to pursuing permanent legislative reforms that focus civil asset forfeiture in structuring cases only on property obtained through willful and deliberate criminal activity,” Grassley said.

Grassley has expressed concern about the fair use of the civil asset forfeiture program, and has cautioned that loopholes in recently-revised DOJ guidance has undermined efforts to improve the program’s application.