Burt Wagner was arrested for something that was not actually a crime. His home was raided, his finances were ruined, his family was traumatized, and he was "disappeared" for several days, stuck in solitary confinement while his wife and attorney tried to simply find out where he was being held. All warrants and grand jury testimony were secret and sealed, so he could not refute evidence or face accusers. In the end, all charges were entirely dismissed - once he agreed to let the federal government keep $80,000 of seized assets.
Welcome to our post-Patriot Act nation, where civil asset forfeiture is used to steal the life savings of innocent citizens who happen to catch the attention of a hungry government. As you read Burt's account - and he deserves that much - we'd like you to keep two questions in mind. First, does this even remotely sound like America? And second... how tasty do you think you look to a predatory prosecutor?Read More