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NCJ Number: 123670 Find in a Library
Title: Crime File: Drugs - Asset Seizure
Series: NIJ Crime Files
Corporate Author: C F Productions, Inc.
United States of America
Project Director: J Vogt
Date Published: 1990
Sponsoring Agency: C F Productions, Inc.
Reston, VA 22090
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20850
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 90-IJ-CX-0004
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Sales
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Document: Video (28:44)
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Following a segment that describes the implementation of drug asset forfeiture law in Broward County, Fla., this video presents a panel discussion of the pros and cons of forfeiture law.
Abstract: Moderator James Wilson explains asset forfeiture as the government's seizing of any asset of a defendant which it believes to have been involved in the commission of the alleged crime or to have been obtained with the fruit of the crime. Assets may be seized prior to trial, and upon conviction, the offender has the burden of proving by the preponderance of the evidence that the asset was not associated with the crime. Ronald Goldstock, Director of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force, and Peter Ronstadt, chief of the Tucson Police Department (Arizona), support asset forfeiture as an effective law enforcement tool to undermine the ongoing operations of drug enterprises. It also has the advantage of providing resources for law enforcement to use in drug law enforcement. Gerald Lefcourt, defense attorney from New York City, criticizes the current procedure for implementing asset forfeiture. He favors the use of traditional civil procedures, whereby the assets could not be seized unless the government proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the assets qualify for seizure.
Main Term(s): Drug forfeiture; Forfeiture law
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Florida; New York
Note: From the Crime File Series, videotape, 28 min. 30 sec.
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