Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst.
Then he started working on civil forfeiture cases.
Neily, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, sits down
with Eric Boehm on this week's edition of the Watchdog Podcast.
They discuss the recent civil forfeiture case involving Eh Wah, a
Texan who had $50,000 seized by Oklahoma police in February of this
When the case made national headlines this week, the police quickly
reversed course and returned the money they had taken from
The case highlights some of the absurdities of civil forfeiture.
Wah was never charged with a crime, and no drugs were found when
police searched his car. But under the often-abused rules that
govern civil forfeiture, the police were able to take his money
anyway -- and when that happens, it up to the victim to prove their
Neily and Boehm also discuss ongoing state-level efforts to roll
back restrictive occupational licensing laws, a major theme of this
week's National Economic Liberty Forum, an event organized by the
Institute for Justice.
All that, plus a look at the Nanny State of the Week and the Picks
of the Litter, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.