The federal government is involved in drug forfeiture procedures, so what a State Representative can do is limited. But a State Representative Underwood would have a louder voice than a plain citizen Underwood. The forfeiture laws have been abused by State, City, and National government. They should be abolished. The process gives the government an economic incentive to lie. Vested interests have an incentive to lie to help enrich their friends. Someone ends up with the confiscated property.
But the state government can control what their state and local officials do. We can demand that they enforce laws without regard to a persons wealth. I would attempt to pass a law whereby any law enforcement officer, Police, District Attorney’s. Etc. Who is targeting small businesses or working class people’s property and avoiding property owned by banks and large companies be removed from office. If they did it deliberately they would go to jail for 10 years.
Since it would now be risky to conspire to illegally confiscate property they would have to take property owned by banks. They would probably not do that. It may sound harsh, but so is taking someone’s modest motel that he has worked in all his life.
Those involved in the crime lab scandal should be punished more, not only the lab technician. The judges and prosecutors are getting off to light simply by not saying what they knew, or be deliberately being ignorant of what happened. We have the right to expect more than irnorance from people who are getting $100,000 a year and have spent 6 years in college. Legally all we can do now is disbar people and impeach judges. But it should be done.
We also need to raise the standards for public officials. They should not be allowed to live off the tax payers by being ignorant.