I did not know that. Thanks!Vonz90 wrote: ↑Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:57 pmThe early Congress wrote forfeiture laws based on British maritime law to help federal tax collectors collect customs duties, which financed most of the expenses of the federal government in the early days of the republic. Seizures allowed government to confiscate property from citizens who failed to pay taxes or customs duties. The Supreme Court upheld these forfeiture statutes in situations where it was virtually impossible to get hold of guilty persons on the high seas while possible to get hold of their property. During much of the 19th century there was not much attention paid to forfeiture laws.
https://www.forbes.com/2011/06/08/prope ... iture.html
I still think these laws clearly violate the 5th Amendment due process clause, but the likelihood of my appointment to the Supreme Court is nil.