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Supreme Court to rule in drug forfeiture case
Supreme Court to rule in drug forfeiture case

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari to Honeycutt v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case dealing with collecting forfeitures from drug deals. At issue is whether one co-conspirator in a drug deal is liable for forfeiting all of the reasonably foreseeable proceeds from the deal. Tony and Terry Honeycutt were charged [SCOTUSblog report] with federal drug crimes after selling a chemical that is an ingredient in methamphetamine at their hardware store. Although Terry forfeited $200,000, the government wanted him to forfeit the rest of the proceeds, which Terry argued he never received. Although the district court agreed with Terry, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed [opinion PDF], stating that joint and several liability applied to drug forfeitures.