Civil Forfeiture: Maritime Roots to Modern Highway Robbery

Contact Caryn Ann Harlos
Cell 561.523.2250

March 19, 2017


WESTMINSTER, CO- Law enforcement now takes more property from people than burglars do. They use a process called “civil forfeiture.” Police do not even have to charge you with a crime to take your property. There is no presumption of innocence, and even if you get your property back, it may cost you more than the value of what they took. How is this possible in the United States? The process dates back centuries and originated in the English common law surrounding ships. Attorney David K. Williams will explain the legal history and modern status of this legalized government robbery and about attempts to rein in it in Colorado and across the country.

Williams is a former state chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. Before serving as chair, he served as the party’s legislative director. He is a practicing lawyer and was the LPCO nominee for state attorney general in 2014, where he garnered over 120,000 votes, or 6.2 percent. He has successfully argued a death penalty case before the North Carolina Supreme Court and tried civil and criminal cases in state and federal court. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship and received his B.A. in Economics in 1989. He stayed in Chapel Hill and received his J.D. with Honors in 1992. He is also a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Williams is a frequent speaker at events throughout Colorado, a writer and contributor at Speakeasy Ideas.

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The 2017 Libertarian Party of Colorado State Convention takes place March 24-26, 2017 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster Colorado, the home city of Party co-founder, the late David Nolan, and the birthplace of the Libertarian Party. Our line-up of speakers include Laura Ebke, Austin Petersen, Arvin Vohra, Steve Kerbel, Apollo Pazzel, David K. Williams, Ron Gowins, Sarah Stewart, Corey Fauconier, Caryn Ann Harlos and MORE, including a panel discussion on alternative voting methods such as Approval Voting and Ranked Choice Voting.

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