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Old 08-25-2006, 05:15   #1 (permalink)
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A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, "United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit took that amount of cash away from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, a man with a "lack of significant criminal history" neither accused nor convicted of any crime.

On May 28, 2003, a Nebraska state trooper signaled Gonzolez to pull over his rented Ford Taurus on Interstate 80. The trooper intended to issue a speeding ticket, but noticed the Gonzolez's name was not on the rental contract. The trooper then proceeded to question Gonzolez -- who did not speak English well -- and search the car. The trooper found a cooler containing $124,700 in cash, which he confiscated. A trained drug sniffing dog barked at the rental car and the cash. For the police, this was all the evidence needed to establish a drug crime that allows the force to keep the seized money.

Associates of Gonzolez testified in court that they had pooled their life savings to purchase a refrigerated truck to start a produce business. Gonzolez flew on a one-way ticket to Chicago to buy a truck, but it had sold by the time he had arrived. Without a credit card of his own, he had a third-party rent one for him. Gonzolez hid the money in a cooler to keep it from being noticed and stolen. He was scared when the troopers began questioning him about it. There was no evidence disputing Gonzolez's story.



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Old 08-25-2006, 06:46   #2 (permalink)
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That's a disgrace and ridiculous...so how are people supposed to get large sums of money home from the Bank that are legitimate?
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It's another case of the US, State, and local government abuse of power. Even before 9-11, we " US citizens" was having each of our bill of rights taking away from us. Of course this makes since. Most people don't know their rights. The less you teach people, more can be taken away.
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Old 08-31-2006, 17:55   #4 (permalink)
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Driving with money is a crime . WTF.

If they can't prove that it is money from crime then they should give it back. If the story is true and it is their life savings then how gutted would you feel. It would be like being robbed by the police.
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