CA6: Unreasonable delay for vehicle forfeiture decision violates due process

“We … hold that Wayne County violated that Constitution when it seized plaintiffs’ personal vehicles—which were vital to their transportation and livelihoods—with no timely process to contest the seizure. We further hold that Wayne County was required to provide an interim hearing within two weeks to test the probable validity of the deprivation. Accordingly, we AFFIRM and REMAND for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.” Ingram v. Wayne Cty., 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 23095 (6th Cir. Aug. 31, 2023).

The jail’s violation of attorney-client privilege in recording attorney calls wasn’t relevant to the continued detention question. United States v. Crumpton, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153607 (M.D. Ga. Aug. 30, 2023).*

“Accordingly, taken as a whole, the specific and articulable facts presented by the TFOs here established reasonable suspicion at the time of the seizure to justify prolonging the traffic stop, detaining Claimant’s vehicle, and calling for a K9 sniff. In sum, there was no Fourth Amendment violation, and Claimant’s Motion to Suppress (Doc. 35) is DENIED.” United States v. $146,400.00 in United States Currency, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153644 (S.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2023).*

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