Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: August 28, 2015
Sen. Kyle Loveless
Loveless withdraws study request; hosts public
Sen. Kyle D.
Loveless withdrew his request Friday for an interim study of
civil asset forfeiture in Oklahoma. The study was scheduled for
September 1 at the Tulsa Police Academy. The location of the meeting
quickly garnered criticism from the public, committee members and
“I believe the topic of civil asset forfeiture is too important
to be overshadowed by politics. I would prefer to hold an open and
transparent discussion on civil asset forfeiture so both sides of
the issue can go on the record to present their cases,” said
Loveless, R-Oklahoma City.
“Our State Capitol is the seat of government and is located
in the center of the state so we can perform our duties out in the
open, not in a backroom away from the prying eyes of the public
and media. Transparency, especially when discussing a major reform
like this, is critical to finding the truth. I look forward to getting
together with my colleagues to examine this issue and refocus on
the concerns many Oklahoman’s have with our current civil
asset forfeiture laws,” said Loveless.
Civil asset forfeiture has come under fire in recent years due to
a lack of transparency and due process procedures. Currently, law
enforcement must only suspect property is involved in the commission
of a crime. Senate Bill 838 will require clear and convincing evidence
that the property was involved—ensuring the individual is
innocent until proven guilty.
Loveless plans to hold the panel meeting Tuesday, September 1 in
Room 419 C of the State Capitol. Panelists in favor of reform will
speak from 9:00 am to noon and panelists opposed will speak from
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The public and media are encouraged to attend.
The meeting will bring together both national and local experts
on the topic of civil asset forfeiture, as well as local attorneys
and victims of forfeiture abuse. Those presenting in favor of reform
of the process will include John Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese
III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, and the Ed Gilbertson
and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage
Foundation; Brad Cates , former US Department of Justice official;
Adam Bates from the CATO Institute; Stephen Henderson, Professor
of Law, University of Oklahoma School of Law; Brady Henderson, Legal
Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma; and Jacquelyn
Ford, Attorney at Law.
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