Pubdate: Thu, 01 Mar 2001
Source: Santa Fe New Mexican (NM)
Section: Pg A7, Letters
Copyright: 2001 The Santa Fe New Mexican
Contact:  202 E Marcy, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Fax: (505) 986-3040
Author: Martha Nelson, Santa Fe, NM


In the headline article on page A-6 of the Feb. 13 edition about problems 
related to the war on drugs, you quoted Katharine Huffman as saying "Civil 
forfeiture is a good example where essentially a person's Constitutional 
right to due process before depravation of their property is just gone."

Is it really necessary for the authorities to deprave (pervert, corrupt) a 
person's property just because the person has been nabbed for possible 
illegal drug activity? It seems to me that just depriving a person of 
property is already a rather severe act!

Martha Nelson
Santa Fe
via e-mail
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