Keep in mind, he was never charged with any crime.
While some might blame his appearing on NatGeo as "bringing this on himself", that's the same logic as saying "she shouldn't have dressed like that". While it may be true, it ignores the larger point -- defy some bureaucrap whatever procedure (or payoff) they want, that's a pretext for relieving you of some of your property -- and leaving you in a position of not being able to protect the rest of it. If some people didn't "bring it on themselves", many of the rest of us wouldn't be aware of a problem, until it was too late.
TN touts their "no income tax", but when the state can steal your property for profit, they don't need a formal income tax. http://www.ij.org/asset-forfeiture-report-tennessee