Odd political bedfellows go after civil forfeiture laws

Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff. Photo by Kelcia Grega:Cronkite News
Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff. Photo by Kelcia Grega:Cronkite News

By Hank Stephenson | Arizona Capitol Times

It isn’t often that Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff finds himself agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union.

But when it comes to cracking down on law enforcement agencies’ abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws, the conservative Republican finds himself squarely in line with the ACLU’s thinking. And that’s a little unsettling for Thorpe. The laws allow police and prosecutors to seize property of people accused of certain crimes and use the proceeds to benefit their departments.

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