Analysis of the Forfeiture Racket

Megan McMaster

Evaluating “The Forfeiture Racket”
By Radley Balko
Visualize owning property, lending that property, then ending up in court with a lawsuit, because the person you lent it too, got busted with using the property with illegal actions. You did not know about any of it, yet now? You are sitting in front of a judge, waiting for your hearing. This happens quite frequently in the United States, and people believe they are not getting justice. In the article of “The Forfeiture Racket” by Radley Balko, they go through and examine different court cases and issues on the Federal asset forfeiture law. This article was almost exactly the type of article I wanted to find, and definitely will be using this for my future essays.
“The forfeiture Racket” goes through and depicts different cases and stories, which involve the Federal asset forfeiture law. Throughout the essay they give you different examples of how that law works, and how the police have been taking care of it. The law is based on the property itself, not the owner. “The government need only demonstrate that seized property is somehow related to a crime, generally either by showing that I was used in the commission of the act or that it was purchased with the proceeds”(2). The main points that are made through this article are; Guilty
Property, Innocent owners, Present Punishment for Future Crimes, Highway Robbery in Texas, ‘its Blatantly Unconstitutional’, ‘Make the Bad Guys Pay’, ‘We All Get Greedy’. All of those topics go more in depth with court cases and how both the police and government are right, or how the defendant is right. This article seems to direct at all of adults, even young adults, because the article starts off with a story of a 22-year-old college student. “The Forfeiture Racket” really want to get across that the government is not always accurate, but most of the time it is. It wants to show both sides of things and how the Federal asset...