New at HuffPost: The Cops Stole Our Bail Money

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

I have an exclusive report up at Huffington Post this morning. It’s one of the craziest asset forfeiture stories I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the gist: When the friends and family of people arrested for drug crimes bring in cash to bail someone out, police in Brown County, Wisconsin are turning the cash over to a drug task force, which then brings out a drug dog inspect the bills. When the dog alerts, the cops are then seizing the money for the police department, citing state and federal civil asset forfeiture laws.

So the cops keep the money for themselves, and the suspect remains in a jail cell.

Read all about it here.

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72 Responses to “New at HuffPost: The Cops Stole Our Bail Money”

  1. #1 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Wasn’t Dondero that horse that that broke its leg in the Preakness, who they wouldn’t put down at the scene, and who suffered an agonizing few weeks and multiple surgeries while they collected his million dollar semen samples, errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, until he succumbed to his injury?

    But anyway, Dondero, you are way behind the news here. Pakistan got its Twitter back, by order of the Prime Minister.

  2. #2 |  AlgerHiss | 

    Some might like to know where Brown County, Wisconsin can be contacted. The county government site is:

    The Chamber of Commerce is:

    The central city of the county is Green Bay:

  3. #3 |  JSL | 

    “Why is it that practically every poster here posts under a bogus name? ”

    You really have to ask this question Eric? No matter your politics, we live in the age of “the personal is political”. It often makes sense to be anonymous. For Christ’s sake, the New Black Panther Party put out a “wanted dead or alive” poster on Zimmerman out there in Florida and the cops did diddly squat. A couple of celebs posted a wrong address and threatened those who lived there to mob violence and nary a thing was done except hurried apologies once proven wrong.

  4. #4 |  H. Rearden | 

    Eric- I recommend that you post anomalously. That way, everyone wouldn’t know it was you making such a fool of yourself.

  5. #5 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I guess I don’t post often enough, Eric, but there are actually a few of us who use real names.

  6. #6 |  Other Sean | 

    Yeah, but names aren’t really that unique, unless you happen to be the child of an idiot celebrity.

    A real tough guy would be willing to post under his social security (or national insurance) number.

    Donderoo, you go first.

  7. #7 |  Bill Poser | 

    One thing I don’t understand about the Wisconsin situation is how the cops are getting near the bail money in the first place. Isn’t bail posted with the clerk of the court? It sounds like people are bringing their bail money to the police, but I don’t think that that is the procedure in the jurisdictions I have heard about. Does Wisconsin have some odd procedure in which people post bail with the cops? Or do people post bail with the court as elsewhere and are the cops just hanging around the clerk’s office with their dogs?

  8. #8 |  Belle Waring | 

    Some people no doubt post pseudonymously, I think we need to take that into account. Jennifer’s #32 makes me interested in Dondero’s views, and I suddenly wish to subscribe to his newsletter. As to the substance of the OP, I can only be glad that the cops in Bodymore, Murderland and Montgomery County, and the D of C, and um, the whole Eastern Seaboard(?) haven’t caught on to this or there would be some, uh, “friends of mine” who were still in jail on heroin possession and a huge grow operation and illegal guns and manufacturing explosives and I don’t know whatall.

    If any of you are libertarians on the socially conservative side who doubt that white privilege exists, see what happens to people you know who get arrested (God forbid they should get arrested, of course, but mayhap they will be). White people can skate on some insane charges. “Aw, you crazy kids. Get back to college and stop making plastique. Case dismissed.” Really though. If these close friends of mine hadn’t been white, they’d have probably been sent to juvie at 14 for stealing cars for joyrides, and had their whole lives screwed. Our justice system sends black kids who steal car for joyrides to jail. Being born white is one of the best moves you can make if you want a stable, prosperous life in America. I recommend it to everyone, but it’s often too late. I’ve been having trouble finding a publisher for my self-help book, but finally V-DARE’s picked it up, and John Derbyshire’s going to edit it. I mean, he’s a racist motherfucker, but he can write quite well, and he’s been kicked in the face by Bruce Lee. So it’s all good.

  9. #9 |  Flight_714 | 

    Hi Eric. My real name is Jesse Morelli, I live in Portland, Oregon, and I currently work in the mental health industry.

    That first fact was addressing your ideals of civility, the location was to add dramatic effect, and the third was not only factual, but it also serves as a suggestion.

  10. #10 |  Belle Waring | 

    Well, Flight_714, you have to take into account that they didn’t have access to the internet in the Psych Ward. He’d probably hurl more properly thought-out accusations at Radley if he were still on his meds.

  11. #11 |  thom | 

    Maybe one of these police departments should take their dogs into a casino cash room? That forfeiture would certainly be one for the ages…

  12. #12 |  Pi Guy | 


    Hi. I’m John Walstrum from MD. I use Pi Guy because I’m a geek and I think that, to some degree, my pseudonym says more about me to people who’ve never met me – like those in most of the blogosphere – than my real name does.

    Plus, I just like having a pseudonym. It’s kinda like being part of a club. Or a gang. And sneaky. And makes people like you go all apeshit even though I suspect a few minutes research on the World Wide Intergoogle Web Nets could probably turn up my identity and address and, with any tenacity, whether or not these are my real teeth. Seriously, Eric? All you’ve got left is “Someone’s using a fake name on the Internet?”

    So, all in all, I think I’ll keep using Pi Guy. At least this way, if I say something stupid, people have to do just a wee bit more work to figure out who the cool kid is. And, Eric, you’re just so cool.

  13. #13 |  Charlie O | 


    I said something similar at HuffPo. They wouldn’t post the comment. The comment was rather benign. All I said was if there was ever a case for second amendment remedies, this was one.

  14. #14 |  Pi Guy | 

    Don Bordreaux made a related post at Cafe Hayek (don’t know how many here know about this site; frequent visitors here would probably find it to be pretty swell)

    Uncle Sam and State Governments: Looting Like Pirates in the Name of Fighting Crime

  15. #15 |  Pi Guy | 

    That’s “Boudreaux.”

    One kilopardon…

  16. #16 |  perlhaqr | 


    Ha ha ha. Thank you for the laugh. I needed it.

  17. #17 |  StrangeOne | 

    Out of curiosity why is that the Agitator readers have such poor troll detection skills? I notice threads getting derailed over and over again by some of the most blatantly obvious trolling I’ve ever seen. Here’s the cliff notes version:

    If the poster belligerently states how far right/left Radley is; troll.
    If the poster is demanding an answer to Radley’s silence on an issue; troll.
    If the poster is demanding an end to pseudonymity on the internet; troll.

    Idiots like this shouldn’t get thirty responses.

  18. #18 |  CyniCAl | 

    Strange One, you are correct in general, but Dondero is something of a troll celebrity here. I rather enjoy his random interludes. And it’s ok to troll a troll. A good flame war now and then cleanses the soul.

  19. #19 |  Cynical in New York | 

    RE: #67 StrangeOne

    Eh, Dondero is regarded in libertarian circles of being just a troll who comes across as like a 15 year old on Facebook. I was kinda expecting him to come here after I read the twitter banning in Pakistan, it’s kinda like clockwork. I have give him credit he is one the more consistent trolls here, since most con and lib trolls come and go.

  20. #20 |  Longtorso | 

    Dondero makes me miss The Herc and White Indian.

  21. #21 |  demize! | 

    This is my legal name.

  22. #22 |  Kolohe | 

    Eric Dondero’s real name is not exactly ‘Eric Dondero’ either, but that’s neither here nor there.

    What inquiring minds want to know is does this fortell the return of The CamelCase Commando?