The article, "USA PATRIOT ACT -- MONEY LAUNDERING AND ASSET FORFEITURE" (a PDF file), by Mark A. Rush and Heather Hackett, contains an analysis of the act with particular emphasis on "money laundering". (2002)
Roger Pilon, CATO's Vice President for Legal Affairs, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 21, 1999, makes the case that there are problems with the off-stated remark by the law enforcers that "forfeiture is an important tool in the war on crime". The testimony is online in the article, "Oversight of Federal Asset Forfeiture: Its Role in Fighting Crime".
Read Rep. Henry Hyde's statement re: the "CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM ACT" (H.R. 1916) July 22, 1996 (HR 1916 was the version of the bill introduced in 1996. It was virtually identical to the 1997-98 bill, HR 1835, and this year's HR 1658.)
ACLU Press Release: House Passes Traffic Stops Bill, FEAR-List Bulletin posted by Matt Elrod, 4/4/98
Law Enforcement Seizures Subject of Congressional Battle, FEAR-List Bulletin posted by Carl Reimann, 3/27/98
NRA Fax Alert Reports Good News On the Hyde Bill, FEAR-List Bulletin posted by Arnold Gaunt & Brenda Grantland, 3/15/98
Forfeiting Your Freedom, posted to FEAR-List by Fulton Huxtable, 2-26-98 (information on Clinton's health care bill which includes health care fraud forfeitures).
House Bill Targets Telemarketing Fraud, AP article published in Orange County Register, July 9, 1997 (requires telemarketers convicted of fraud to forfeit all their profits from telemarketing. "Since money is all that matters to a crooked telemarketer, the bill strikes where it hurts," said Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla.)
HR 1916 is ancient history now, but here are some materials from the July 22, 1996 hearings:
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers testimony, July 22, 1996 HR1916 "Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act" and the Current Federal Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Program"
F.E.A.R.'s Annotated Hyper-Text Version of HR 1916 -Hyde Forfeiture Reform Bill, Posted 7/22/95
Statement by Rep. Henry Hyde re: "Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act" HR 1916, July 22, 1996
HR1916: The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act" A vital first step in federal forfeiture law ASCII
"U.S. Representative Henry Hyde Introduces Legislation to Reform Civil Forfeiture Laws,"Marijuana Policy Project Bulletin
Complete Text of HR 1916 - Hyde Forfeiture Reform Bill, F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, 7/9/95 ASCII
Hyde Introduces Forfeiture Reform Bill - HR 1916! F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, 6/25/95, by Brenda Grantland
HR4218 is an Environmental Crimes bill submitted last session of Congress and will most likely be resubmitted next session. It includes property forfeiture for vaguely defined environmental damage. Does your car drip any oil? Better hope not... ASCII
New Utah forfeiture law, article by Utah FEAR coordinator Arnold Gaunt, FEAR-List Bulletin 3/3/96 ASCII
Habeas corpus provisions in new anti-terrorism law, FEAR-List Bulletin 3/29/96, posted by California FEAR coordinator Shawn Perez.
New Mexico Senate Bill 10, article by New Mexico FEAR coordinator Ralph Binford, FEAR-List Bulletin 2/3/96 ASCII
Florida Forfeiture Reform Bill Signed Into Law, F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, 6/14/95.
Pennsylvania Forfeiture Reform Resolution F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, 04/18/95, posted by Roy Timpe.
Immigration Bill Forfeiture Provisions F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, 05/05/95, posted by Kathy Bergman.
Anti-Terrorism Forfeiture Bill: News Article Summary F.E.A.R. List Bulletin, 01/21/95, by Brenda Grantland, Esq.
Conyers Bill Aims to Reform Asset Forfeiture
Pennsylvania Forfeiture Reform Resolution
FEAR-List Bulletin, 04/18/95, posted by Roy Timpe.
New Jersey Reform Bill Reintroduced,
by John Paff, F.E.A.R. Chronicles, Vol. 2 No. 2, (June 1994) ASCII
New Mexico Reform Legislation, F.E.A.R. Chronicles, Vol. 2 No. 2, (June 1994)ASCII
Oregon Legislation Fails Attempt to Make Attorneys Available to Owners of Seized Property, F.E.A.R. Chronicles, Vol. 2 No. 2, (June 1994)ASCII
California: Spectre of Forfeiture Revived, F.E.A.R. Chronicles, Vol. 2 No. 2, (June 1994) ASCII
Federal Forfeiture Reform Update,
Chronicles, Vol. 2 No. 2, (June 1994)
(current status of HR 2417 & 3347, with cosponsors)ASCII
California Forfeiture Law Sunsets: Prosecutors Try to Expand Forfeitures But Must Forfeit Present Law,FEAR Chronicles Vol. 2 No. 1 (Dec. 1993), reprinting "Changes to Forfeiture Laws" by Tom Daly, Georgetown (CA) Gazette ASCII
U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde's Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 1993 , FEAR Chronicles Vol. 2 No. 1 (Dec. 1993) by Judy Osburn ASCII
U.S. Representative John Conyers Introduces Comprehensive Forfeiture Reform Bill, FEAR Chronicles Vol. 2 No. 1 (Dec. 1993) by Judy Osburn ASCII
Missouri State Reform Victory, FEAR Chronicles Vol. 2 No. 1 (Dec. 1993) by Richard Lawrence Miller ASCII
House Gov Ops Hearings A Success: Rep. Conyers Pledges "Readjustment To This Plight Will Start In This Committee Room!", FEAR Chronicles Vol. 1 No. 5 (Nov. 1992), by Brenda Grantland, Esq. ASCII
Forfeiture Hearings To Be Held September 30! FEAR Chronicles Vol. 1 No. 4 (Sept. 1992)ASCII
New Jersey Assembly Introduces Landmark Forfeiture Amendments Bill, FEAR Chronicles Vol. 1 No. 4 (Sept. 1992) ASCII
Representative Conyers' Office Says Hearings WILL Be Held -- in Early September, FEAR Chronicles Vol. 1 No. 3 (Aug. 1992) by Brenda Grantland, Esq. ASCII
Judiciary Committee Hearings Postponed; FEAR Chronicles Vol. 1 No. 3 (Aug. 1992) by Brenda Grantland, Esq. ASCII
Forfeiture Bills Pending In Congress, FEAR Chronicles Vol. 1 No. 2 (June. 1992) ASCII