The United States Supreme Court decided an important forfeiture case that originated in Chattanooga. Judge Sandy Mattice, a Chattanooga district judge, decided that in Honeycutt v United States that Honeycutt’s assets could not be forfeited when it was his brother, not him, who benefited financially from the crime.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Mattice but today the Supreme Court in in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Sotomayer, reversed the Sixth Circuit, agreeing with Judge Mattice.

The Pinkerton conspiracy theory, therefore, cannot extend to one who did not financially benefit from the crime.