Re: Let's be clear. Senators and Con-gresspeople are ignoring the written Constitution.
Asset forfeiture laws are primarily a fifth and fourteenth amendment issue. Somewhere between most and nearly all of the assets seized under civil forfeiture were found in the course of searches the owner permitted; those searches, accordingly, did not require a warrant. Their taking, with scarcely a hint of due process, plainly violates the clear language of the fifth and fourteenth amendments. Criminal asset forfeiture following the owner's guilty plea to or trial and conviction for criminal acts is an entirely different matter, in which the seized assets generally were found based on fourth amendment searches and connected by some evidence to the criminal acts. Even that, however, often overdone and abused.