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No More Pretrial Seizure of ‘Innocent’ Assets (access required)

The en banc 4th Circuit overrules its prior precedent permitting pretrial restraint of a defendant’s innocent property under the federal criminal forfeiture statute, and joins other federal courts of appeal in holding that 21 U.S.C. § 853 does not authorize such restraint; Section 853(e) permits the government a pretrial restraining order over only those assets ...