California civil forfeiture curb soundly defeated | The Sacramento Bee
Guilty until proven innocent in California.
Legislation limiting law enforcement’s ability to confiscate property from Californians not convicted of crimes failed badly in the Assembly on Thursday, a fate the bill’s author forcefully attributed to a disingenuous campaign by opponents.
The bill’s author, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, attributed the bill’s failure to “bullying advocacy tactics” by opponents. “They have a sense of entitlement to assets that don’t belong to them,” Mitchell said, adding that law enforcement agencies were defending “a way to continue to bolster their budgets.”