This case is more than simply about Jeff Baron. It is about our government's encroachment on the fundamental tenets and values that we Americans have fought more than 200 years to maintain. The precedent that this case is setting may well impact the lives of all Americans and the rights we take for granted--such as our fundamental right to own property. In deciding whether this case should concern you, you should ask yourself two basic questions:
Should the government (in this instance a US judge) by permitted to seize all of your property (your home, bank accounts, car, clothing, etc..) and arbitrarily redistribute it without a hearing, trial, judgment?
- Should the government (in this instance a US judge) be entitled to prevent you from being represented by counsel of your choice (when you have money to pay a lawyer)?