NASTY ATTACK OF SEIZURE

THE SUPREME COURT TAKES A HARD LINE ON FORFEITURE, EVEN IF THE INNOCENT PAY

PERHAPS NO ONE FITS THE DESCRIPtion "innocent bystander" as well as Tina Bennis. Certainly when she let her husband John take their rundown 1977 Pontiac sedan to work one day in 1988, she did not count on him driving it into Detroit, picking up a prostitute, engaging in a sexual act in the car's front seat--and getting caught. Nor did she know that the state of Michigan would be legally permitted to seize the car involved in a prostitution arrest, even though, in this case, it was co-owned by Tina. With the support of an odd coalition of civil rights liberals...

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