- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia State Crime Commission has refused to endorse legislation prohibiting authorities from seizing ill-gotten assets until a defendant has been convicted and appeals have been completed.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1N0B03R ) that the panel voted 9-3 against supporting the measure Thursday. Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette, a member of the commission, said recent reports about police abuse of asset seizures concern federal law, state law.

Brunswick County Sheriff Brian K. Roberts also said Virginia doesn’t have a problem with asset forfeitures.

Republican Del. Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County argued that that most Virginians expect the government to be able to seize property only if a person is convicted.

The General Assembly last year declined to vote on the legislation and sent it to the commission for further study.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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