The Fight for the Motel Caswell

The Motel Caswell is currently in litigation due to a process known as “civil forfeiture,” in which property can be taken regardless of whether an owner has committed a crime. This is known as forfeiture in rem, where the crime is being charged against a place, not a person. The Institute for Justice has joined in the fight for the Motel Caswell, challenging the seizure as unconstitutional on the basis of the 8th and 10th Amendments. Attorney Scott Bullock presented arguments to dismiss the case last week, and a decision on the matter should be released within the next 30 to 60 days.

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