Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wants Police To Seize People’s Personal Assets

Jeff Sessions, the former Senator from Alabama, has always been a controversial figure. Sessions is against gay rights, using marijuana, and being politically honest. Now that Sessions is Attorney General of the United States, he is in a position to upset the budding cannabis industry. He wants to change some of the policies that the former Attorney General, Eric Holder put in place. Some Washington insiders say Sessions has an Edgar Hoover type mindset, and he can create serious legal issues for Americans.

Recently, Sessions was a speaker at the National District Attorneys Association meeting. Jeff didn’t waste any time telling those legal watchdogs and prosecutors he will enforce the asset forfeiture program that was put on hold by his predecessor. Sessions main target is drug dealers, but anyone could be the victim of this violation of civil rights, according to lawyers who understand the forfeiture policy. Sessions also want to reverse an Obama administration order that stops local officials from using the federal system to get around state laws. Former Attorney Eric Holder said Sessions is an extremist, and Wisconsin Representative Jim Sensenbrenner thinks Sessions forfeiture program is wrong and unconstitutional.

Senator Rand Paul thinks Sessions is opening the door for an extraordinary amount of lawsuits because the government is taking property away from people that have not had their day in court. Paul thinks assuming someone is guilty and taking their property away is a crazy and illegal idea. But in a civil forfeiture case, the police and prosecutors don’t have to prove guilt in order to take assets away. In a criminal forfeiture, authorities have to file charges, prove guilt, and get a conviction.

Sessions wants to stop drug traffickers, but he also wants to take down the legal sale of marijuana in the states that sell it for medical purposes. California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa wants to regulate asset forfeiture, and he is sponsoring legislation to do that. Issa thinks Sessions is going backward instead of forward if he gets his way. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas also thinks civil asset forfeiture is a bad idea. Justice Thomas thinks asset forfeiture is an egregious act, and it opens the door for people who abuse the intent of the program. Sessions may be one of those people, according to his opponents. Jeff Sessions is an old school politician who is out of touch and out of date, according to those opponents.

Helping People Exercise Their Lawful Rights

Law can be a rather tricky field, to say the least. Anyone involved with the field is well aware of just how intricate it can be. It turns out that human language can be remarkably vague and open for differing interpretations. One needs to be able to sort out quite a bit of information from often ambiguous sources in order to work within the legal system. In fact, part of the field is translating legal nomenclature to something the average person can more easily understand. Most people entering into the legal field are well aware of that fact. What’s often more surprising is how often people don’t even exercise the rights they’re entitled to under the law. Rhode Island joins a growing number of states who are trying to help people recognize what they’re entitled to under the law. The first and arguably most important measure is helping people vote.

There’s quite a few reason for states joining this initiative. One of the most important is that it might help encourage people to vote. People often come into the process with the idea that voting for things related to the law will be as complicated as practicing law. Once they actually take part in the process they usually see that this is the true beauty of representational systems of government. The actual participation in the system doesn’t have any real prerequisites other than citizenship. Or at least that’s the case in states which use automatic voter registration to cut through red tape.

It’s also notable that the measure passed with bipartisan support. No matter what political party one agrees with, it’s clear that everyone should have a voice in how they function. By helping people vote the government will be better able to represent everyone’s needs. Because in the end that’s what law is within democratic societies. Law is the process by which a society governs itself. However, that’s only true if the people within a society are actually participating in the process.