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State Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Takes Effect Wednesday

HB 2477 officially becomes law on Wednesday.

It limits the state’s ability to seize property it suspects is related to criminal activity.

Attorney J Cabou said the state must now have “clear and convincing evidence” of criminality.

“Rather than having to prove its case just by the standard of preponderance, or what’s called more likely than not, the state has to prove its case to a much higher degree," Cabou said. "So it’s not as high as in a criminal case which would be beyond a reasonable doubt but it’s higher than in an ordinary civil case which would be preponderance.”

Cabou added that numerous states around the country are reforming their civil asset forfeiture laws, with some such as New Mexico ending the practice altogether.

Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.