When we march to the beat of our own drummer, we become trained in rejection and loneliness. Those who dare, face their own life sentence. In the light of the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts, I think of him and his writings as left on the internet like clues in a detective novel - meditations on freedom, incarceration, and coercion. His words reflect the intellect of someone who is willing to turn their internal life sentence into a life commitment – a commitment to exploration, no matter how confining the walls.
As beings who create our reality at the plank length on a moment to moment basis, we are limitlessly creative. Hearing the inner-voice that rings the alarms with no uncertain terms, is like listening to the source of creativity itself. Sometimes it brings us art, sometimes it is science, sometimes innovation, sometimes a life saving event, but it is always information, and it is always adding to the resolution of our understanding.
…the law pertaining to in rem forfeitures developed in the context of narcotics seizures. Prior to that, the legal maxim, the law abhors a forfeiture, was the rule, and judges were generally antagonistic to forfeiture proceedings.
In the 80’s, with the crack outbreak, the feds began aggressively seeking forfeiture of proceeds, substitute proceeds and instrumentalities of crime. At the time, no one (except those of us actively engaged in the drug and forfeiture defense ) gave a damn, and the law that developed was quite harsh. Efforts to challenge in rem forfeitures on constitutional grounds were uniformly rejected. No one (again, but us) uttered a peep. After all everybody hated those evil crack dealers.
And that is the state of law that now exists for use against others today. Of course, now that it’s being applied against people other than crack dealers, people are taking notice. Sadly, it’s a little too late to ask some very good questions about how it’s possible that this nation can tolerate in rem forfeiture, given the wealth of precedent developed in the past 30 years. (Scott Greenfield)