Los Angeles Times
Sept. 19, 2021
FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals' loot. Owners say: Where’s the proof?
Six months after the FBI seized money and valuables from some 800 customers of a safe deposit box rental business in a Los Angeles strip mall, the Bureau and U.S. attorney's office in L.A. have produced no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the vast majority of box holders whose belongings the government is trying to keep. Jane Bambauer, a law professor at the University of Arizona, said that under the restrictions [the judge] imposed on the search, the use of drug dogs to sniff cash inside the boxes was a 4th Amendment violation. "In terms of just real-world, commonsense assessments of how this should work, what happened was wrong," Bambauer said. "I think it is also pretty clearly wrong on 4th Amendment doctrine terms."