You Know How To Defend Your Property?
The Sovereign Investor
by Bob Bauman: A
Decade of Secret Tyranny
months ago in this space I
asked the question: Is your property safe from seizure?
I went on to
explain the wanton abuse of the civil forfeiture laws by local,
state and federal police agencies. In 2010, forfeiture programs
confiscated condominium units, homes, cars, boats and cash in more
than 15,000 cases, worth a combined $2.5 billion an amount
that has doubled in five years, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
of defensive measures against civil forfeiture can be found on the
website of Forfeiture Endangers
American Rights (FEAR), an excellent anti-forfeiture group founded
by California attorney, Brenda Grantland. FEAR also provides a
list of forfeiture defense attorneys.
Brenda is a
friend of mine and I was honored in the past to serve as member
of the FEAR board of directors and to work with her in the U.S.
Congress for forfeiture reforms.
Now, with anti-forfeiture
activist Judy Osburn, they have just published their first E-book,
Forfeiture: What to Do When Police Seize Your Property.
This new e-book tells citizens what to do if forfeiture happens
to them. It outlines the law with links to statutes, cases, and
has risen from an obscure concept in the mid-1980s to a whopping
profit-making industry for law enforcement agencies. Over 400 federal
statues now trigger forfeiture, and every state has its own statutes
as well. These statutes allow police to seize property not
just from criminal defendants, but from third parties such as parents,
spouses, landlords, and lien-holders.
is no requirement that anyone be charged, much less convicted, large
numbers of forfeiture cases are not even connected to a criminal
proceeding but property is confiscated by police.
victims have a difficult time defending their property, especially
when the government can seize everything they have, including cash,
leaving them unable to finance a defense.
This book explains
in the detail the federal forfeiture process civil and criminal.
It tells how to qualify for a court-appointed attorney, and what
to do if you are forced to represent yourself. The book is outlined
in a simple question and answer format.
Like the previous
Asset Forfeiture Defense Manual, this small booklet is an
invaluable tool for anyone facing asset forfeiture and/or for lawyers
attempting to defend people against these unjustly used laws. I
recommend it highly.
with permission from The
November 11, 2011
E. Bauman is a former Member of the United States House of Representatives
from Maryland, (19731981). He is also a former federal official
and state legislator; Member, Washington, DC Bar; Graduate of the
Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the School of Foreign
Service (1959), Washington, DC. Robert currently serves as legal
counsel for the Sovereign
© 2011 Robert E. Bauman
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