Wyoming Bill Banning Civil Asset Forfeiture Wavers Passes Legislature

Our Wyoming masters are working on extending our leash a bit, passing a bill recently that would not allow cops to intimidate people to sign a waiver that would give the state their assets during an “investigation.”

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Wyoming Bans Waivers Used to Seize Assets on Highways

A bill making it illegal for law enforcement officers to ask people to sign a waiver giving their assets to the state during roadside investigations passed in the state of Wyoming.

Wyoming becomes just the third state to ban the forms, which critics say allow the state to avoid protections against “civil asset forfeiture” — a process that allows law enforcement to take people’s property if they are implicated in a drug crime, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday.

The bill was sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Charles Pelkey and other lawmakers.

Pelkey was inspired to push for the change by the story of Phil Parhamovich, who drove through Wyoming last year on his way to Wisconsin with nearly $92,000 hidden in a speaker in the back of his van.

Parhamovich planned to use the money to buy a music studio in Madison, Wisconsin, formerly used by two grunge rock bands, Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins.

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