- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of state forfeiture laws.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed the suit in July on behalf of a San Tan Valley woman whose truck was seized and sold at auction.

Rhonda Cox says the sheriff’s office seized her truck in 2013 after her son used it in a burglary and theft of a utility company.

Cox filed papers to get her truck back, but allegedly was told by county authorities that she would pay court costs if she lost her appeal.

She withdrew her application and lost her truck.

The ACLU is challenging the forfeiture laws. County officials say the court lacks jurisdiction to consider Cox’s constitutional claims.

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