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Jones v. Flowers

Docket No.: 04-1477
Certiorari Granted: Sep 27 2005
Argued: January 17, 2006
Decided: April 26, 2006

Topics:

Due Process, Hearing or Notice

PartyNames: Gary Kent Jones v. Linda K. Flowers, et al.
Petitioner: Gary Kent Jones
Respondent: Linda K. Flowers, et al.

Court Below: Supreme Court of Arkansas

Gary Kent Jones
v.
Linda K. Flowers, et al.
547 U.S. 220 (2006)
Question Presented:

When mailed notice of a tax sale or property forfeiture is returned undelivered, does due process require the government to make any additional effort to locate the owner before taking the property?

Question:

When mailed notice of a tax sale or property forfeiture is returned undelivered, does the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause require the government to make any additional effort to locate the owner before taking the property?

Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 5-3
Recused: Alito
Read JONES V. FLOWERS opinion (PDF)
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