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NBC's "Dateline" Wins Top Honors For Its Louisiana Forfeiture Expose

FEAR-List Bulletin posted by Leon Felkins, 3/14/98  - revised 10/01/01 by L.F.

The AP reports that The (Baltimore) Sun, ``Dateline NBC'' and KCBS-TV of Los Angeles won top honors in the 1997 Investigative Reporters and Editors awards. Dateline's award was for ``Probable Cause,'' an expose of the misuse of Louisiana's drug asset forfeiture law. In its investigation, Dateline found evidence of unfair seizures of property and a system that benefited judges overseeing the cases. The show also received a medal last year. For more on this expose, see my two part essay, "Tourist Alert: Louisiana Revenuers", and Tourist Alert: Louisiana Revenuers, Part II. There is an appendix at "Specific Cases from the Dateline Episode on Louisiana Seizures".