Saturday, April 08, 2006
This story presents an interesting question: What qualifies as a seizable asset?
"Government lawyers tried to confiscate the gold tooth caps known as ``grills'' from the mouths of two men facing drug charges, saying the dental work qualified as seizable assets. They had them in a vehicle headed to a dental clinic by the time defense attorneys persuaded a judge to halt the procedure."
First, if you read the rest of the story, look out for the ridiculous Nazi reference and the foolish jab at the handling of terrorists.
Then ask yourself, do I really have a problem with the government taking highly valuable yet purely cosmetic dental work that is just as likely to have been purchased with the proceeds of the illegal activity as, say, the person's vehicle, which can be confiscated? I say pop 'em out, give them ceramics, and call it a day. I mean, it's jewelry, nothing more.
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