South Carolina Supreme Court to hear appeal case striking down civil forfeiture

On Wednesday morning, the South Carolina Supreme Court will hear an Institute for Justice case challenging the constitutionality of civil forfeiture—the controversial legal practice that allows law enforcement to take cash, cars, homes and other property from South Carolinians without so much as charging —let alone convicting—the owner with a crime and then profit from the proceeds, a release states.

The case asks whether South Carolina’s forfeiture laws are accepted under the federal and state constitutions.