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Jay Shapiro on United States v. Kaley: The Supreme Court Examines Challenges to Pre-conviction Forfeiture Seizures

It is not uncommon for the defense of a white collar prosecution to require substantial legal fees. Nor is it unusual for government to seek to seize and forfeit assets held by the defendant in cases in which the prosecution claims that the defendant has obtained significant sums of money illegally....

U.S. Supreme Court Restricts Challenges to Pretrial Seizure of Defense Funds

The U.S. Supreme Court recently weakened a criminal defendant's ability to challenge the Government's pretrial seizure of assets that a defendant has allocated for mounting a defense. In Kaley v. United States , [1] the Court eliminated a defendant's right to challenge a grand jury's...

Jay Shapiro on Kaley v. United States: The Supreme Court Continues Limits of Probable Cause Challenges to Pre-conviction Forfeiture Seizures

Late last year, an Emerging Issue Analysis [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] described the issues presented to the Supreme Court in Kaley v. United States [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], an appeal that was argued on October 16, 2014. Kaley came before the...

Attorney General Designate Leads Effort To Stop Illegal Trafficking of Fossilized Skull And Vertebrae Of Alioramus Dinosaur

French Importer Supplied Forged Mongolian Export Documents A complaint has been filed in federal court in the Eastern District of New York to forfeit the fossilized skull and vertebrae of an Alioramus dinosaur (the “Dinosaur Skull”). The Alioramus was a dinosaur that lived in the late...