Honeycutt v. United States: Supreme Court Overturns Decades of Criminal Forfeiture Law

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held on June 5, 2017, that the doctrine of Joint and Several Liability does not apply in criminal forfeiture cases, and that a defendant convicted of a conspiracy therefore is liable to forfeit only what he/she personally obtained, and not for the proceeds obtained by co-conspirators.  The following is a summary and comment on the opinion taken from the Money Laundering and Forfeiture Digest.  The full text of the opinion is appended as well.

Honeycutt Summary                Honeycutt Opinion