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« on: February 20, 2019, 07:37:03 pm »

What jury would convinct an inanimate object of a crime?
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2019, 10:29:41 pm »

Civil forfeiture is not subject to a trial by jury or, in most cases, even trial before a judge.

The whole point of the process is avoiding any sort of trial, because inanimate objects are not charged in criminal court and therefore do not have the rights afforded to criminal defendants (including the right to a jury or even a legal defense). Reforms don't actually aim to end asset seizure, but bring the process in line with criminal due process.
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