Fourteen states have already abolished civil forfeiture and now require conviction in order to seize property for forfeiture. It is time the federal government and the state of Texas joined this vanguard of states and got rid of civil forfeiture altogether.
After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court found success by endeavoring to build bipartisan coalitions and resolve cases on narrow grounds rather than trying to establish far-reaching categorical rules.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has positioned himself to be a serious presidential contender for the next several campaign cycles, not unlike his political hero, President Ronald Reagan.
Whatever justifications Republicans might have to deny confirmation for an Obama nominee, refusing to consider any nominee based on the Thurmond Rule isn't one of them.