A License to Steal: The Forfeiture of Property

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UNC Press Books, 1996 - Law - 272 pages
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Leonard Levy traces the development and implementation of forfeiture and contends that it is a questionable practice, which, because it is so often abused, serves only to undermine civil society. Arguing that civil forfeiture is unconstitutional, Levy pro
 

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Contents

Deodands Origins of Civil Forfeiture
1
Felony Origins of Criminal Forfeiture
21
Forfeiture in the United States before 1970
39
The Rediscovery of Criminal Forfeiture
62
A Decade of FailureThe 1970s
82
New Legislation19801984
102
Enforcement and Victims
118
Sharing Forfeiture Proceeds
144
The Innocent Owners Defense
161
Constitutional Issues
177
Reforms Ahead
206
Notes
229
Bibliography
253
Index
265
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Leonard W. Levy is Andrew W. Mellon All-Claremont Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the Claremont Graduate School and Distinguished Scholar at Southern Oregon State College.

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