Beyond a reasonable doubt in Michigan? Not when it comes to property

The scales of justice weigh more heavily in favor of people than their property.

Is that a bad thing? It depends on who you ask.

Currently, Michigan has higher standards for proving someone is guilty of a crime than for confiscating property believed to be connected to that crime.

As it stands, law enforcement agencies can confiscate someone’s property believed to be used in the commission of a drug crime based on the “preponderance of evidence,‘ which is a lower burden of proof threshold than “beyond a reasonable doubt,‘ Wexford County Prosecutor Jason Elmore said.