Great essay. However, I found something that needs correction in some form…
I read the Atlantic article you referenced when you said “Attorney General Jeff Sessions looked to roll back Obama era restrictions on asset forfeiture he faced an immediate backlash from both sides of the aisle.”
Here’s the subtitle and the first paragraph of the article:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions expanded the controversial police practice on Wednesday by rolling back Obama-era reforms.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back a series of Obama-era curbs on civil-asset forfeiture on Wednesday, strengthening the federal government’s power to seize cash and property from Americans without first bringing criminal charges against them.”
Am I missing something? Sounds like the problem is the Attorney General and not a congress that, in this issue at least, is in surprisingly bipartisan support of reform.