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    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ directive to expand civil asset forfeitures is unconstitutional, Freedom Partners human rights group Chairman Mark Holden said in a press release on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier on Wednesday, Sessions announced new guidance that expanded the federal government’s power to seize the assets of suspected criminals.

    "We are disappointed that the Attorney General has decided to continue and expand the practice of civil asset forfeiture. It’s unjust and unconstitutional," Holden said.

    Holden said they agree with Justice Clarence Thomas, who recently noted that these operations frequently target the poor and other groups unable to defend themselves.

    In addition, Holden said US local authorities should not be instructed to engage in practices that are inappropriate and impede in their duty to keep communities safe.

    Sessions' directives roll back some of the reforms enacted by former Attorney General Eric Holder, who limited federal adoption of property that directly related to public safety concerns, such as weapons, ammunition or explosives.


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