Asset forfeiture is a damn mess in Texas. Law enforcement can seize the property of those arrested for a crime and have not been found guilty. That means that they can take your stuff without due process.
Law enforcement says it really, really helps them with convicting drug dealers and terrorists.
Yeah, but … it would also help them convict me if I was arrested with trumped up (see what I did there?) charges. If they took all my assets, I couldn’t hire a lawyer or an investigator, eat actual food before trial, or pay the electricity bill.
The sheriff of Rockwall County, Texas (think suburb of Dallas) went to the White House and met with Trump. Trump loves asset forfeiture and, coincidently, so does the sheriff.
Trump announced to the public at this meeting that he would like to know the name of the state senator supporting reforming asset forfeiture …
“President Donald Trump invited the sheriff of a small Texas County to ‘destroy’ the career of a state senator who sought to ban a controversial law enforcement practice by naming the lawmaker during a White House meeting.”
The issue is being debated in the Texas State Senate. Republican State Senator Konni Burton and Democratic State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa are the two people leading this fight in the Texas Senate.
Being that Konni represents a district near the sheriff’s county, and she is the Republican fighting for due process, it’s most likely that Konni is the one who Trump wants to destroy. Of course, Konni is a woman so destroying her puts another notch in Trump’s belt.
Look, I am no Konni Burton cheerleader. She’s anti-choice and kisses up to Greg Abbott, but for Trump to use the White House to “destroy” a damn state senator he doesn’t even know, is … yeah, crazy. It’s crazy.
I don’t think Trump meant Democratic State Senator Chuy Hinojosa. Chu is a damn American hero and Trump couldn’t touch him with a fifty foot pole. In fact, Chuy might use “Trump wants to destroy me” on his campaign literature.
Thanks to Kyle for the heads up.