Leading KWMU’s discussion was host Don Marsh; the point man on the Camp Zoe issue was David Roland, director of litigation for the Freedom Center of Missouri.
In the discussion, Roland outlined many of the points that Hamilton has made in blog posts, including the fact that Missouri law enforcement is using the federal, rather than state, asset forfeiture process. The state process, he explained, does not allow law enforcement to seize assets unless the owner has first been convicted of a crime; federal law has no such safeguards. Also, Roland added, the feds “kick back proceeds to state law enforcement agencies,” while state law requires that proceeds go to fund public schools
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