Forfeiture reforms move closer to becoming law

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Without a single dissent, state senators approved changes Monday in Arizona laws designed to sharply curb the ability of prosecutors and police to seize property.

The measure includes a new requirement that prosecutors must prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that the items they want to seize were involved in criminal activity.

That’s not quite the standard used in gaining a criminal conviction where a judge or jury must believe someone is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” before depriving a person of his or her freedom.

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