John Oliver Destroys Corruption in “Asset Forfeiture” Laws in Hilarious Sketch

USA By: Tad Lumpkin 1:21 pm

(The Hollywood Reporter)- John Oliver has proposed an idea for a Law and Order spinoff.

The HBO host tackled the topic of civil forfeiture laws, which allow state and federal government to seize property from citizens, even if they are not being charged with a crime. “It’s not you that’s on trial, it’s your stuff,” he said on Sunday night. “At this point, I’m surprised objects don’t have their own civil rights leaders, like Martin Scooter King or Harvey Carton of Milk!”

Oliver also noted how local departments are looking for, keeping and outrageously spending the forfeiture money (margaritas, anyone?) and also aired security footage from a Detroit art gallery’s funk-themed event, which operated without a liquor license and resulted in attendees’ cars being towed, or “the single funkiest shakedown in human history.”

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