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Honeycutt v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-142 6th Cir. Mar 29, 2017
Tr.Aud.
Jun 5, 2017 8-0 Sotomayor OT 2016

Holding: Because forfeiture pursuant to Section 853(a)(1) of the Comprehensive Forfeiture Act of 1984 is limited to property the defendant himself actually acquired as the result of the crime, that provision does not permit forfeiture with regard to Terry Honeycutt, who had no ownership interest in his brother's store and did not personally benefit from the illegal sales.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on June 5, 2017. Justice Gorsuch took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Jul 29 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 31, 2016)
Aug 24 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 30, 2016.
Sep 19 2016Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including October 31, 2016.
Oct 31 2016Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
Nov 14 2016Reply of petitioner Terry Michael Honeycutt filed.
Nov 15 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 2, 2016.
Dec 5 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 9, 2016.
Dec 9 2016Petition GRANTED.
Dec 22 2016Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioner.
Dec 30 2016Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Terry Michael Honeycutt.
Jan 9 2017Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondent.
Jan 23 2017Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.
Jan 23 2017Brief of petitioner Terry Michael Honeycutt filed.
Jan 30 2017Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
Feb 3 2017SET FOR ARGUMENT on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Feb 6 2017Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 6th Circuit.
Feb 7 2017Record received from the U.S.C.A. 6th Circuit. The record is electronic and available on PACER. One restricted document also received.
Feb 22 2017CIRCULATED.
Feb 22 2017Brief of respondent United States filed. (Distributed)
Mar 20 2017Reply of petitioner Terry Michael Honeycutt filed. (Distributed)
Mar 29 2017Argued. For petitioner: Adam G. Unikowsky, Washington, D. C. For respondent: Brian H. Fletcher, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
Jun 5 2017Judgment REVERSED. Sotomayor, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other Members joined, except Gorsuch, J., who took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.
 
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