In re $300,000

Litigators: Read this Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court opinion involving return of property actions. In connection with a return of property action brought under Pa.R.Crim.P. 588 after the police seized his property during a traffic stop, Mr. Xu filed a motion to suppress. The Commonwealth opposed the suppression motion, maintaining that he could not bring a stand-alone … Read more

Lancaster Co. District Atty’s Office v. Walker

In Lancaster Co. District Atty’s Office v. Walker, the prosecuting office denied a media request under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law for records of the distribution of items seized through the Controlled Substance Forfeiture Act. On appeal, the Office of Open Records reversed. The District Attorney’s Office appealed to the Court of Common Pleas but also partially … Read more

United States v. Lucas

In United States v. Lucas, the Third Circuit dealt with an appeal from a third-party petitioner who claimed an interest in land subject to criminal forfeiture. The defendant was convicted of financial crimes whereby he misused funds entrusted to him as a financial advisor to purchase farmland. With the money, the defendant and family members … Read more