Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Home / News in Brief / Crime commission rejects asset forfeiture reform measure

Crime commission rejects asset forfeiture reform measure

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission has refused to endorse legislation prohibiting authorities from seizing ill-gotten assets until a defendant has been convicted and appeals have been completed.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel voted 9-3 against supporting the measure Thursday. Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette, a member of the commission, said recent reports about police abuse of asset seizures concern federal law, not state law.

Brunswick County Sheriff Brian K. Roberts also said Virginia doesn’t have a problem with asset forfeitures.

Republican Del. Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County argued that that most Virginians expect the government to be able to seize property only if a person is convicted.

The General Assembly last year declined to vote on the legislation and sent it to the commission for further study.

Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Leave a Reply