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Hawaii Man Fights Civil Asset Forfeiture Case Similar To The Poker Players In Iowa

Civil Asset Forfeiture Wreaks Havoc On Another Person


A man from Hawaii driving through Nevada in a motor home was originally stopped because law enforcement thought he was driving too slow, and he later saw authorities seize the $167,000 in cash he had in the vehicle. Footage of the search is above.

The report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal reminds one of the ongoing case involving two poker players who had $100,000 taken from them while driving through Iowa.

Last month, a judge ruled that their case could proceed.

In the Nevada case involving a man named Staughn Gorman, a federal judge ended up ruling that the $167,000 should be returned. This week, prosecutors appealed the ruling.

The poker players likely face a long, long court battle as well.

The judge in Nevada even asked the defense attorney to submit papers on the costs from the court fight, but the prosecution also asked for Gorman to get nothing to cover that.

“They blatantly violated his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures and tried to cover it up,” Vincent Savarese, a lawyer for Gorman, said.

After being stopped for allegedly driving too slow, the cop let Gorman go. However, the officer arranged for a different cop, one with a drug-sniffing dog, to stop Gorman again. Authorities claim the dog was alerted to something. The search didn’t turn up any drugs.

The tactic of seizing money from people without ever charging them with a crime has faced a lot of criticism in recent years, highlighted by a series of articles by The Washington Post.



5 years ago

hear of cops getting charged with crimes - this is why they need to go to jail