Friday, October 31, 2008

Oglethorpe County sheriff

Seeing how there is little coverage of Oglethorpe County, and their local paper isn't online, it's been hard to follow what has been a very heated race for sheriff between Mike Smith and Bill Fincher. Apparently, there's a significant drug problem in the county, and both candidates are grappling with ways to address it.

Fincher, running against the incumbent, proposed using seized drug money to fund the needs of the department. While definitely an outside-the-box proposal, I don't know if that's legal or not?

Anyone with a legal or law enforcement background able to comment on this? What happens to seized funds? Is it appropriate for police to keep the money and use it to their own benefit?


Blogger Adrian said...

I can't imagine seized property going anywhere else. There is often some apportionment among agencies, though, leaving the sheriff as the major beneficiary. The process for acquiring the property is an in rem civil action against the property itself.

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