Once Upon A Time, There Was Due Process

September 6, 2014 – Once upon a time, the 5th Amendment to the constitution said that a person could not be deprived of property without due process of law, nor shall private property be taken by the government without just compensation. This must have been a long time ago because it’s been totally forgotten in a Philadelphia suburb.
The Sourovelis’ home was taken because their 22-year-old son had $40 worth of heroin, for which the parents had no knowledge, according to their statement. Even if they did know, the process by which their home was seized is an outrage.
The family was forced out on the street. The police claim the property committed a crime and therefore became the property of the City of Philadelphia. The CNN report shows that this horrible process has occurred almost 500 times in the past two years in the Philadelphia area.
This type of property forfeiture is over the top and ignores any pretense that the constitution has anything left to its original meaning.
The police are militarized, the courts are out of control, and the people suffer. It’s clear—respect for the rule of law at the local and national levels has been severely compromised. Let’s hope we change this rather soon.

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