“Manhattan Skyscraper Linked to Iran Can Be Seized by U.S., Jury Finds,”

“Manhattan Skyscraper Linked to Iran Can Be Seized by U.S., Jury Finds,” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/nyregion/650-fifth-avenue-iran-terrorism.html S.D.N.Y. * Claimant and another company were the co-owners of an office building on Fifth Avenue in New York and other property.  The Government alleged that the co-owner was a front for the Government of Iran, and that when Claimant provided services […]

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Introduction to Asset Forfeiture

This is a lecture outline introducing asset forfeiture to law students seeking a graduate degree in international law.  It explains the reasons for using asset forfeiture as a law enforcement tool, discusses the categories of property subject to forfeiture in the United States, and describes the procedure for forfeiting property administratively, civilly and criminally, with […]

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President Trump on Asset Forfeiture

PRESIDENT TRUMP ON ASSET FORFEITURE President Trump met with the National Sheriff’s Association and Acting Attorney General Dana Boente on February 7, 2017 and had the following exchange on the asset forfeiture program.

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Money Laundering Case Highlights ABA Stance on Lawyers’ Obligations

The article from The American Lawyer discusses the Justice Department’s recent civil forfeiture action aimed at The Wolf of Wall Street motion picture and other assets derived from a multi-billion dollar corruption offense in Malaysia, the proceeds of which were laundered through prominent US law firms.  The article contains Stef Cassella’s comments on the role […]

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Introduction to Asset Forfeiture for the Bench and Bar

This is a 45-minute overview of administrative, civil and criminal forfeiture presented at the District of Delaware Bench and Bar Conference on May 20, 2016 in Wilmington, DE. Introduction to Asset Forfeiture for the Bench and Bar

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Testimony of Stefan Cassella Before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission

The following is the testimony on civil asset forfeiture given by Stefan Cassella before the Michigan Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights on May 23, 2016. Testimony of Stefan Cassella

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Non-Conviction-Based Confiscation in Europe

Stef Cassella has contributed a chapter entitled, “Civil Asset Recovery: The American Experience” to a book edited by Jon Petter Rui and Ulrich Sieber of the Max Planck Institute and published in Berlin, Germany.  The book, entitled Non-Conviction-Based Confiscation in Europe, is intended for European readers and addresses the pros and cons of enacting non-conviction-based forfeiture (a/k/a “civil forfeiture”) legislation […]

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