States v. All Right, Title and Interest of Assa Corp., 08 Civ. 10934 (RJH), is assigned to United States District Judge Richard J. Holwell. On November 12, 2009, an amended civil forfeiture complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court seeking the forfeiture of the 36-story office tower located at 650 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan (the “Building”). The Building is owned by 650 Fifth Avenue Company, which is a partnership between the Alavi Foundation and Assa Corporation. In addition to the Building, the amended complaint seeks forfeiture of all other assets of 650 Fifth Avenue Company, the Alavi Foundation and Assa Corporation, including bank accounts owned by 650 Fifth Avenue Company, the Alavi Foundation, and Assa Corporation; and real properties owned by the Alavi Foundation in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, and California.
Federal crime victims* have the following rights, as set forth in the Justice for All Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. §3771:
(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
(2) The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.
(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.
(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.
*Under the statute, "the term crime victim' means a person directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense or an offense in the District of Columbia. In the case of a crime victim who is under 18 years of age, incompetent, incapacitated, or deceased, the legal guardians of the crime victim or the representatives of the crime victim's estate, family members, or any other persons appointed as suitable by the court, may assume the crime victim's rights under this chapter, but in no event shall the defendant be named as such guardian or representative.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is committed to protecting the rights of crime victims. If you are a victim of an offense being prosecuted by our Office, our Victim/Witness Unit can make sure that you are notified of important stages of the case to help you exercise your rights. In addition, our Victim/Witness Unit can help refer you to agencies that provide other services to witnesses, such as compensation and counseling. For information or assistance with referrals, please contact:
Wendy Olsen Clancy
United States Attorney's Office
One St. Andrew's Plaza
New York, New York 10007