These Dirtbags Need To Give The Lady Her Couch!
Another tale from the halls of asset forfeiture -- the theft, under cover of law, by police departments of citizens' stuff.
This is an asset forfeiture case out of Mississippi where the cops took a lady's couch -- among other things. She got her TV and almost all of the rest back.
C.J. Ciaramella writes at Reason:
It was the first time in Mississippi defense attorney Richard Rehfeldt's long career that he can remember where police seized a client's furniture.
In 2012, Rehfeldt says the Hind County Sheriff's Office raided his client's apartment on suspicion her boyfriend was a drug dealer. Anything purchased with drug proceeds is fair game to be seized by police under civil asset forfeiture laws, and they determined the boyfriend had furnished the apartment, so off went her TV, her table and chairs, her couch, her lamps, and even the pictures on the wall.
"Her case is the first in my 38 years of practicing law where they took the furniture," Rehfeldt says.
Under a settlement agreement, all of it was eventually returned. Well, all of it except the couch.
"It is, therefore, ordered and adjudged that one Visio television, one dining room table and chairs, pictures and lamps are to be returned to the plaintiff upon execution of this Order by this Court," the Feb. 10, 2015 order in the Hinds County Court reads. "Additionally, one white couch is hereby forfeited to the Hinds County Sheriff's Office."
Is the couch guilty of something?
If this were my couch, I'd track every person in the Hinds County Sheriff's Office on social media and see whether it shows up anywhere, and then shame the fuck out of the person who has it.