In a decision that strengthens the hands of homeowners swept up in civil forfeiture actions, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that authorities must have strong evidence showing a home or car was used in a crime and that the owner consented to the illegal activity before they move to seize the property.

“It is a mandate for the government and to law enforcement and a victory for civil liberties,” said Ballard partner Jessica Anthony, who argued the case before the Supreme Court.

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