Washington Law Review


Zhihong Pan


In Tellevik v. Real Property, the Washington Supreme Court held that the government's seizure of real property through an ex parte proceeding complied with the due process requirements of the federal Constitution. This Note examines the Tellevik decision in light of United States Supreme Court case law on procedural due process and lower federal court rulings in real property forfeiture cases. It argues that the Tellevik court, in reaching its decision, misapplied federal case law and concludes that due process requires an opportunity for a full hearing before the government can deprive an owner of real property.

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