Honeycutt v. US


Adam Unikowsky of Jenner & Block LLP represented Terry Honeycutt on the case

The Court ruled unanimously that federal criminal asset forfeiture statutes apply only to property a defendant actually acquires as the result of the crime, or substitute property under narrowly defined circumstances. It rejected the Justice Department’s position that there is joint and several liability for forfeiture among members of a criminal conspiracy. The Court reached this ruling despite a 9-1 circuit split in favor of the government’s position—and thus rejected the Justice Department’s plea at oral argument that the Court should endorse the rule “that’s prevailed in nine circuits for, in some cases, decades.”

Involved fees earner: Adam Unikowsky – Jenner & Block;

Law Firms: Jenner & Block;

Clients: Terry Honeycutt;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti