Another Christmas has come and gone. With any luck, someone gave you something you were hoping to get. If no one did, you have a whole long year to wait for it, as the season for giving is over.
The season for taking, on the other hand, is still in full swing. In fact, the season for taking never seems to end. Not long ago, for example, you had Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow helping himself to a 2004 Dodge Stratus.
A series of events unfolded that opened the door for Glasgow's prosecutors to seize the car under Article 36 of the Illinois Criminal Code, which states, “Any vessel or watercraft, vehicle, or aircraft is subject to forfeiture under this Article if (it) is used with the knowledge and consent of the owner in the commission of or in the attempt to commit” a number of crimes, including murder, manslaughter, kidnapping and rape.
The owner of the Dodge Stratus wasn’t doing any of those things. At least not at the time. She wasn’t even driving the car. A man named Randy Thomas was doing that, according to the state’s attorney’s office, and he took it to the drive-thru of a Culver’s where he tried to pay for his food with a counterfeit $20.