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"FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals’ loot. Owners say: Where’s the proof?," by Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2021
"Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to use asset forfeiture to curb violence looks like an empty move," Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, September 15, 2021
"Lawsuit Challenging Houston Asset Forfeiture Program Says Police Use Stock Language To Seize Cash Without Probable Cause," by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, September 02, 2021
"This State’s Legislators Want to Overhaul the System That Lets Law Enforcement Keep People’s Money," by Shannon Dooling and Saurabh Datar, WBUR, ProPublica, August 30, 2021
"Life After White-Collar Crime," by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, August 23, 2021
"It's Easy For Police To Seize Money. Worcester's District Attorney Makes It Hard To Get It Back," by Saurabh Datar and Shannon Dooling, WBUR, August 18, 2021
"How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic," by Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, July 26, 2021
"What Can The IRS Do To Enforce Tax Laws?," by Scott Simon, NPR, July 24, 2021
"How Civil Asset Forfeiture Turns Authorities into ‘Bounty Hunters’," by Eva Herscowitz, The Crime Report, July 16, 2021
"Maine Abolishes Civil Forfeiture, Now Requires A Criminal Conviction To Take Property," by Nick Sibilla, Forbes, July 14, 2021
"Law Firm Urges Supreme Court to Protect Clients' Identities From the IRS," by Marcia Coyle, National Law Journal, July 12, 2021
"Global Tax Overhaul Gains Steam as G20 Backs New Levies," by Alan Rappeport, New York Times, July 10, 2021
"Editorial: Guilty Until Proven Innocent," by The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal, July 07, 2021
"Analysis: Congress Requires DOJ To Report on Deferred Prosecution Agreements," by Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan S. Sack, New York Law Journal, July 08, 2021
"EXPLAINER: Ransomware and its role in supply chain attacks," by Associated Press, Washington Post, July 03, 2021