OU Law to Host Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Debate

November 9, 2015 | By Mackenzie Dilbeck, Director of Communications

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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law will host a debate on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform, Wednesday, Nov. 18. The discussion is slated for noon in the Kerr Student Lounge of Andrew M. Coats Hall. The public is invited to attend and lunch will be provided.

The debate will feature Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless, First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland, Oklahoma City Chief of Police William Citty and Legal Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Brady Henderson.

Civil asset forfeiture is a longstanding legal doctrine under which the government seizes an object – such as a car or truck – because of its use in a criminal activity. Cases involving civil forfeiture have dramatically increased in number due to the proclaimed war on drugs. To some groups, the practice is seen as a critical tool in the law enforcement arsenal, while others view it as an abusive tactic known as “policing for profit.”

“OU Law is honored to host such an important discussion,” said OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “The appropriateness of civil asset forfeiture is a topic of great interest for Oklahoma and our nation. Our guest panelists will provide important insights as we seek to understand and navigate this significant issue.”

Stephen E. Henderson, professor of law at The University of Oklahoma, will serve as moderator as the debate participants present opposing views on reforming our system of civil asset forfeiture.

Limited seating is available by reservation for OU students, faculty, staff and members of the public. For reservations or more information, including accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact lawevents@ou.edu.

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