By Amy Alkon
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Government Thug-ocrats Are Forced To Give Back The Money They Stole From One Man Under “Asset Forfeiture”
I am someone who is wildly grateful to have been the recipient of a pro bono legal defense — by Marc J. Randazza after TSA worker Thedala Magee got herself a lawyer and tried to squeeze me for $500K plus a blog take-down and a written apology.
She got none of that — but it took countless hours worth thousands and thousands of dollars by Randazza and his associates for my defense.
In other words, pro bono is not free.
So while it is just wonderful that the Institute for Justice won the case for “asset forfeiture” victim Ken Quran — who had $150,000 of his money legally stolen by government thug-ocrats — it is terrible that this was necessary.
And it was surely costly for the Institute for Justice to bring this case.
Many victims of this government theft — this disgustingly euphemized “asset forfeiture” — would have the entire sum stolen from them eaten up by hiring a lawyer to get it back.
And those who are victimized tend not to be the powerhouses of society — maybe they wouldn’t even know how to find the right lawyer.
About the current case, John Kramer writes at IJ:
Arlington, Va.–It is a major victory for the individual against the seemingly all-powerful IRS. In a single-page letter, sent this morning by fax, the IRS agreed to return a North Carolina convenience store owner’s entire life savings.
The IRS seized $153,907.99 from Ken Quran in June 2014, without any warning or meaningful prior investigation, simply because he repeatedly withdrew cash from his bank in amounts under $10,000.
Ken’s money was seized under so-called “structuring” laws. These laws were designed to target criminals evading bank-reporting requirements. But under IRS policy at the time of the seizure, the IRS applied the structuring laws to seize cash from individuals and businesses accused only of frequent under-$10,000 cash transactions.
The IRS changed its policies in October 2014 to prevent such seizures. But those changes came too late for people like Ken, whose property was seized before the policy change.
So, in July 2015, the Institute for Justice submitted a petition to the IRS on Ken’s behalf, arguing that the IRS should apply its policy retroactively to Ken’s …Click Here To Read The Full Story >>>