No. 22-1262.

81 F.4th 603 (2023)

Melisa INGRAM; Robert Reeves; Stephanie Wilson, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Decided and Filed: August 31, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Davidde A. Stella , WAYNE COUNTY, Detroit, Michigan, for Appellant. Wesley Hottot , INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE, Seattle, Washington, for Appellees. ON BRIEF: Davidde A. Stella, WAYNE COUNTY, Detroit, Michigan, for Appellant. Wesley Hottot, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE, Seattle, Washington, Kirby Thomas West , INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE, Arlington, Virginia, for Appellees.

BUSH, J., delivered the opinion of the court in which GIBBONS and THAPAR, JJ., joined. THAPAR, J. (pp. 622-29), delivered a separate concurring opinion.


Plaintiffs allege the government of Wayne County, Michigan has a policy or practice of seizing and holding vehicles while taking months to decide whether to initiate forfeiture proceedings. Plaintiffs claim they were not provided an opportunity to be heard about the detention of their vehicles and that...

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