- Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute
- Professor Jeffery Jackson, Washburn Law
Civil asset forfeiture is viewed by many as a powerful tool for use by law enforcement against criminals and criminal organizations - from drug dealers to terrorists and white collar criminals. But some believe forfeiture laws have the capacity to shift law enforcement priorities away from the pursuit of justice toward the pursuit of property and profit. Is it time for reform? Or are the critics wrong? Please join us over the lunch hour for a discussion with two experts in the field.
The recent indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry has garnered huge press attention. In an unusual alignment, commentators from both the left and the right have been highly critical of the indictment, with the New York Times editorial board calling it “the product of an overzealous prosecution.” But condemnation of the indictment has not been perfectly unanimous, and a few commentators have now come out in support of the indictment. We examined all the details on a Teleforum conference call.
From “Fast and Furious” to the unprecedented surveillance of journalists, Eric Holder’s Justice Department has become the dark side of the Obama Administration. The Attorney General is at the center of a growing list of scandals and congressional investigations. Obama’s Enforcer uncovers how the DOJ has become a hotbed of left-wing legal activism. It delves into the close personal association of Holder and Obama, describes the politicization of the Department of Justice, and provides in-depth portraits of the radical lawyers in Holder’s inner circle. The book has been endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz and Radio Talk Show host Mark Levin. The Las Vegas Lawyers Chapter hosted this event on August 11, 2014.