ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A bipartisan pair of state senators filed a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque that denounces the city’s vehicle seizure program for being in conflict with recent changes to state forfeiture laws and calls for the program to be reformed.
Sens. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, and Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, announced the lawsuit during a news conference outside the state district courthouse on Wednesday morning. They are seeking an injunction to stop the city from taking ownership of someone’s vehicle without first convicting the vehicle owner of drunken driving or other crimes.
Attorneys for the Institute of Justice, a U.S. libertarian public interest law firm, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the senators.