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SUPCT-CONFISCATED MONEY
(2007-07-04)
(wgvu) - THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT HAS DENIED THE
APPEAL OF A MOTORIST WHO HAD TO FORFEIT ABOUT 180-THOUSAND DOLLARS
THAT WAS FOUND IN A BACKPACK DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, EVEN THOUGH THE
MONEY WAS SEIZED ILLEGALLY.
THE COURT RULED FOUR-TO-THREE TODAY THAT VAN BUREN COUNTY
PROSECUTORS COULD SEIZE THE MONEY. FORFEITURE IS THE LOSS OF
PROPERTY DUE TO BREAKING A LAW.
TAMIKA SMITH, WHO WAS STOPPED BY A STATE POLICE TROOPER, LOST
THE MONEY BECAUSE A JUDGE RULED PROSECUTORS PRESENTED ENOUGH OTHER
EVIDENCE TO SHOW IT WAS INTENDED TO BUY ILLICIT DRUGS.
JUSTICE ELIZABETH WEAVER WROTE IN THE MAJORITY OPINION THAT THE
TOTALITY OF CIRCUMSTANCES BACKED UP EARLIER RULINGS.
BUT STEPHEN MARKMAN ACCUSED THE MAJORITY OF REDEFINING THE LAW
TO AVOID THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUPPRESSED EVIDENCE.

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