They Said This Law Would Fix Blighted Neighborhoods. Instead It’s Being Used to Steal People’s Homes


Often poor property owners are targeted because they lack the resources to fight off people who would take their property. This is often the case with civil asset forfeiture, and it looks like it might be the case here.

(From Reason)

Under a state law passed in 2008, individuals and nonprofits are able to petition a special court for permission to be named as a “conservator” of blighted properties—effectively trampling on the property rights of the homeowners, like Shakeea Washington and Wayne Little, who only learned they were being kicked off their own land when a notice appeared on their front door…

…One more thing: the former state representative who drafted the law is now a judge, and he hears a lot of those Pittsburgh-area cases.

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