Lawsuit thrusts civil forfeiture issue into the spotlight

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    The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office takes in millions of dollars each year through civil forfeiture, though many aspects of the practice are little known, including how the DA’s Office spends the money it generates.  Now, the system is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed by families who’ve had their property–including homes–seized without being charged with a crime.  Investigative journalist Isaiah Thompson has reported extensively on the topic and spoke about his findings with NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller.

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