State Supremes Nix Local Car Seizures
Some of you may remember a while back the City of Eureka was considering seizing cars of suspects arrested for soliciting prostitutes or violating drug laws. This the result of a suggestion by then police chief, Dave Douglas.
The main reason for tabling the issue was, at the time, the City of Oakland was involved in litigation over those very same practices and the council wanted to see what resulted from that court case. No other considerations on the issue seemed to concern the council, if memory serves me correct.
The State Supreme Court (as always, if asked for a login, use humboldtlib for the username and blogspot as the password) finally got involved and ruled against the seizures this last Thursday. Unfortunately, it was a narrow victory with 4 judges ruling against the cities and 3 ruling for.
Too close for comfort for me as I'm not only opposed to vehicles being seized when someone hasn't been convicted of a crime, I don't think any of the parties involved in prostitution should be arrested in the first place.
One wonders if any similar cases might make it to the federal Supreme Court?