Media Advisory – Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Civil Asset Forfeiture Legislation

State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf has announced a public hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee will be held on SB 869, civil asset forfeiture, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B of the Capitol’s East Wing.

Civil forfeiture is a tool for law enforcement to cripple drug cartels by seizing their ill-gotten gains and infrastructure used to support their illicit activities.  According SB 869’s prime sponsors, Senator Mike Folmer and Senator Anthony Williams, recent media coverage has uncovered several cases in Pennsylvania where this well-intentioned law has been misapplied, resulting in questionable property seizures before an accused person has been convicted of a crime.

SB 869 would require a property owner be convicted of a crime before the District Attorney may seize money, conveyances or real property. Additionally, this bill would require all seized cash and the proceeds from the sale of forfeited property to be deposited in the Pennsylvania’s General Fund.

WHAT:          Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on SB 869, Civil Asset Forfeiture

WHERE:       Room 8E-B of the State Capitol’s East Wing

WHEN:          Tuesday, October 20, 2015

                        10:30 a.m.                                               

Contact: 215-657-7700