S.3045 - Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures Act of 2016114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 06/09/2016)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/09/2016 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S3723) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.3045 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/09/2016)
DUE PROCESS Act of 2016 or the Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures Act of 2016
This bill amends the federal criminal code to revise provisions related to federal civil forfeiture cases. Specifically, the bill:
- raises the evidentiary standard in such cases from "preponderance of the evidence" to "clear and convincing evidence";
- with respect to property owners who are indigent, provides for the appointment of counsel;
- provides for recovery of attorney's fees with respect to settled claims in which the claimant prevails;
- adds notice requirements; and
- expedites and otherwise modifies certain procedures.
The Department of Justice must: (1) annually audit federal civil forfeiture cases, and (2) establish a publicly available database with respect to seizures in such cases.