Law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire and around the country claim that civil asset forfeiture is a valuable tool in the war against crime. Asset forfeiture allows police to seize money, cars and other assets that they suspect are linked to criminal activity like drug trafficking, but a recent report from a nonprofit libertarian law firm suggests that the practice is used more often to raise revenue than to reduce crime.
It sounds like it would be an interesting trial. Twenty-five people -- high officials from the Navy and military contractors -- are accused of playing it fast and loose with the rules in Southeast Asia. Agents of defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia allegedly provided Seventh Fleet officials with luxury dinners and travel, $2,000-a-box cigars, premium cognac, travel and 'wild sex parties' with prostitutes in exchange for classified information that would allow them to garner massive contracts with the Fleet.