This Chicago criminal lawyer is dismayed, but not surprised, by the SCOTUS ruling in Alverez v. Smith, a Chicago case. I've posted here, here, and here about vehicle forfeiture now comes news that the Supreme Court tosses a case that was routed in due process issues.
For Brunston, the snafu is one final insult in a three year saga. The story goes back to 2006 when she saved up money to buy the car so she could balance her full time job with going to college four nights a week from 6 to 9. She couldn't afford to park downtown so a friend drove her. In return he got to use the car during the days but when he was pulled over with drugs police seized the vehicle. It took three years before prosecutor's dropped that case and they wouldn't give Brunston her car back until the criminal case was resolved.
It's back to the drawing board to protect the rights of innocent owners in vehicle forfeiture matters.