Juricana had an earlier article about how the (even handed) application of forfeiture could result in the seizure of a pulp mill. But large forest companies are no PATsies.
Now we do not want to introduce the race card into a discussion about civil forfeiture but we can’t help noting some coincidences; for example, that a typical PAT is a rich Asian kid driving a Maserati or an East Indian guy renting out two or three rundown houses waiting to be demolished.
This basically comes down to the problem with the civil forfeiture office. It takes on certain targets who will not garner public support. Criminal code offenses we hope will be prosecuted in a detached and evenhanded manner. This is not the case with civil forfeiture where a small band of bureaucrats in the Civil Forfeiture Office can cherry pick cases and the apply the bad guy branding. The bottom line is that the statute and its huge fines are not applied evenly. The bureaucrats must restrict themselves to Politically Acceptable Targets.