Driving While Loaded

August 24th, 2006 by Justin Leave a reply »

No, not in the booze-related way. We’re talking about cashy money here.

SayUncle is outraged, and I can’t blame him.

Instead, the court ruled that the mere fact that Gonzolez was carrying a large sum of money, that he had difficulty understanding the officer’s questions, that he incorrectly answered some of those questions (due, Gonzolez says, to fears that if police knew he was carrying that much money, they might confiscate it — imagine that!), and that a drug dog alerted to the car Gonzolez was driving (which, as dissenting judge Donald Lay noted, was a rental, likely driven by dozens of people before Gonzolez), was enough to “convict” the money of having drug ties, even if there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Gonzolez.

We’re talking about $124,000 here, and this wasn’t some po-dunk backwater court either; it was the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Unless the Supreme Court picks this up and overturns it, well, I can’t imagine what the ramifications of this as precedent will be.

To understand just how messed up this situation is, one only needs to look at the case name: United States of America v. $124,700, in U.S. Currency.

The mind boggles.

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1 comment

  1. Jason says:

    Wow…never thought about the hazards of driving a rental…could I really be one speeding ticket in a rental car away from losing everything?