OU Law Hosts Debate on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

November 20, 2015 | By Mackenzie Dilbeck, Director of Communications

This week, OU Law hosted a debate featuring four experts on civil asset forfeiture within the state of Oklahoma. The debate topic centered on the issue of reforming the state’s current laws on civil asset forfeiture.

Panelists included Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless, First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland, Oklahoma City Police Major Bill Weaver and Legal Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma Brady Henderson.

Civil asset forfeiture is a longstanding legal doctrine under which the government seizes an object – such as a car or truck – because of its use in a criminal activity. Cases involving civil forfeiture have dramatically increased in number due to the proclaimed war on drugs. To some groups, the practice is seen as a critical tool in the law enforcement arsenal, while others view it as an abusive tactic known as “policing for profit.”

To view a recording of the debate, click here (link, opens in new window).

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