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High Court to Decide the Future of Civil Asset Forfeiture

• Free Press Publications
On Wednesday October 16, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kaley v. United States. This case will undoubtedly be a landmark decision on the legality of civil asset forfeiture, a “government seizure of property and cash, even when the owner isn't charged [with] a crime.” In this particular case, in February 2007 Kerri and Brian Kaley were indicted on charges of money laundering and other offenses for reselling medical devices, including sutures, that she obtained from hospitals to which she had previously sold the same products. Lawrence Hurley from Reuters reports, “Federal prosecutors sought a pre-trial order to freeze their assets, including a home and certificate of deposit worth more than $500,000 that the Kaleys were hoping to use to pay for their lawyers.”

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