The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the government in two money laundering cases, making it more difficult for prosecutors to use an important weapon in the war on drugs and organized crime. In a unanimous decision, Justice Clarence Thomas said that a money laundering case cannot be proven merely by showing that funds were concealed while being transported. In a separate 5-4 decision, the Court said that money laundering refers to profits of an illegal operation, not gross receipts.
Justices Rule for Defendants on Money Laundering
The Associated Press
June 2, 2008