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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 4 2012 10:17 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"asset forfeiture" is one of the most abused tactics used by law enforcement agencies in the country today.

Why? Because in most cases they directly benefit from the proceeds of everything they seize! This incentivizes bad behavior, and with the accused already burdened with huge legal bills fighting to defend their liberty, they have little left to contest the asset forfeiture.

THe laws shoud be changed so that seized assets go into the general fund, not to whatever law enforcement agency can find a judge to allow it.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

The judge and subscriber are absolutism correct, the arrogance of prosecutors and states seizure laws are being abused and criminally applied as vindictive acts of government turning into thieves. Whether a person is being prosecuted or defending him self he has paid taxes from his incomes to government, prosecutors, judges, and court costs as required by law, therefore the government has no basis a defendant has criminally cost the government any additional costs.

In fact I think tax paying defendants should have the right to sue the courts for excessive costs and expenses having to pay for additional legal council that are covered by taxation. If the government says they can use taxes to prosecute they can also use taxes to pay for lawyers for defense. Government must serve both sides of the bench, prosecution and defense in equal access to law and all records, bank accounts, services, and labs of the state as seperate requests.

This prosecutor stated he has taken this doctors inalienable rights but that is totally incorrect. Inalienable rights can never be permanently taken away. Some can be deferred and restricted by incarceration but never taken away.

Trooper55
Williams, AZ

I am glad to see that the judge has said that he must start severing his sentence on 1 Feb. 2012, he is no better than a drug dealer in my mind. I am also glad that the judge showed some sense about taking what the man has. To seize the home and vechile and or the money they must prove that it came from the sales of the pain medication, and the Feds has failed to prove this. when you commit a crime and get found guilty, you have no right to be comensited for your legal bills, you broke the law. The Feds can request the state to pull the doctor's medical lincee, but that another time and place. I don't believe he should be allowed to pratice medince any more, but thats up to the state to make that decision.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

This is the same judge who vindictively sentenced DeChristopher to prison because he "didn't like the boy's politics" and wanted to let the drug dealer "Dewey" go free?

pumpkin
Huntington, Utah

DN & My2 must be rich men looking over their shoulders.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

people that take to much medicine do it on their own and no one forces them to. the sad thing in this country is the chroic pain patients dont get enough help. it all goes with the drug war. the DEA is the biggest law inforsment branch in the world and it is losseing the so called drug war. killing always went with booze when it was against the law. change laws. other countries that have have lost a lot of drug abuse because of it.

Let's be real
Salt Lake City, UT

Its just another case of our Federal Government doing what they do best; abuse the Constitution that millions have fought and died for. Its a shame...

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