In 2016, California resident Kyle Savely was pulled over by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper for following another vehicle too closely. The trooper searched Savely's vehicle for drugs and did not find any, but he did find nearly $500,000 in cash, which he seized under the Forfeiture and Disposition of Property Act.
No criminal charges were filed against Savely, and yet his property was never returned. He filed a lawsuit against the Utah Highway Patrol, which finally came a close Aug. 22 when the Supreme Court of Utah ruled in his favor. Nevertheless, Savely still has not had his property returned to him from either the Highway patrol or the Drug Enforcement Agency, who have both laid claim to the money.
Filling in for Glenn Beck on Tuesday’s episode of “The Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere, and Jeff Fisher discussed the Savely case as well as several other examples of civil asset forfeiture without any charges being brought against the property owner.
"He's an American, so if he has $500,000 and you don't have any evidence that he got it illegally, leave him alone," Pat said. "How can it still be America when you can just have your property seized like that?"
"In too many cases you've just taken law-abiding American citizens' hard-earned, in some cases life savings, from them. That's unbelievable to me," Pat added.
Watch the video clip above to hear more of the conversation.
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