Taking the Assets of Criminals to Compensate Victims of Violence: A Legal and Philosophical Approach

26 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2011

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Roy Whitehead

University of Central Arkansas

Walter E. Block

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business

Date Written: July, 13 2011

Abstract

We contend that all people who abhor violence should favor stripping the criminal of his profits and compensating the hapless victim. To that end we explore the recent California case, which we call "Son of Sinatra,"' to discover a constitutionally pleasing way to accomplish this result. We discuss the constitutional problems that arise when states set out to seize assets of the criminal that have a connection with his storytelling about the crime.

Suggested Citation

Whitehead, Roy Joe and Block, Walter E., Taking the Assets of Criminals to Compensate Victims of Violence: A Legal and Philosophical Approach (July, 13 2011). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 5, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1885090

Roy Joe Whitehead

University of Central Arkansas ( email )

Department of Accounting
Conway, AR 72032
United States
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Walter E. Block (Contact Author)

Loyola University New Orleans - Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business ( email )

6363 St. Charles Avenue
Box 15, Miller 321
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States
(504) 864-7944 (Phone)
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