WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Sen. Rand Paul compared the U.S. government to Nazi Germany after the government seized millions of dollars worth of gold coins from a Philadelphia family.
Speaking to Fox News, the Kentucky senator believes the Langbord family should be allowed to keep the 10 rare gold coins that were taken back by the government in 2004.
“It’s sort of like the Nazis taking painting from Jewish families during the war and saying, ‘Well, you don’t get them back,’” Paul told Fox news. “They’re still yours even if they find it 60 years later.”
The government seized ten rare $20 “double eagles” from the family in 2004 after Joan Langbord said she found them in a safe deposit box once owned by her father, jeweler Israel Switt.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Switt had been suspected by the government of illegally obtaining the coins from a mint employee in 1933. A single one sold for $7.59 million in 2002.
Paul feels that the gold confiscation law needs to be changed.
“We never changed some of those laws unfortunately, some of the gold confiscation,” he told Fox News. “It’s a mistake that we never reversed some of the law.”
Last year, a jury agreed with the government’s claim the seizure was lawful because the coins had never been circulated and must therefore have been stolen.
Trial judge Legrome Davis last month agreed the coins belong to the government, no matter how they were acquired.
An attorney for Langbord and two of her sons said the family wants its case heard by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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