United States of America v. Currency, $100,100.00 in US et al

Filing 45

ORDER granting 42 Motion to Strike and final Order of Forfeiture. Ordered by Judge Clay D. Land on 11/19/2008 (tlf).

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA COLUMBUS DIVISION UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. * $100,100.00 IN UNITED STATES FUNDS, et al., Defendant Property, KELLY BATTLE, AND MARY BATTLE, Claimants. * * * * CASE NO. 4:07-CV-180 (CDL) * * ORDER STRIKING RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS AND FINAL ORDER OF FORFEITURE Upon reconsideration of the Plaintiff's Motion to Strike (Doc. 42), the failure of Claimants to comply with the Order of the Court dated October 16, 2008, the Federal Rules and the record of this case, the Court finds that good cause now exists to grant Plaintiff's motion. THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Answer and the Claims of Claimants shall be stricken from this case. The responsive pleadings of the Claimants having been stricken, the Court hereby makes the following findings of fact and conclusions of law: 1. This Court has jurisdiction of this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1345 and 1355, and venue is proper pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1395. 2. The United States has furnished due and legal notice of All persons known to the these proceedings as required by law. United States to have a possible interest in the Defendant Property have received actual notice of the Complaint and Warrant for Arrest in Rem in this action. 3. Claimants filed Claims and an Answer in these proceedings, asserting their interest in the Defendant Property, but those pleadings have now been stricken. No other claims have been filed and the time for filing claims has expired. 4. There is sufficient evidence to warrant a conclusion, by a preponderance of evidence standard, that the Defendant Property is subject to forfeiture in accordance with 21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4) and(a)(6). THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 1. All right, title, and interest in the Defendant Property is hereby forfeited to and vested in the United States, which shall have clear title to this property and may warrant good title to any subsequent transferee. 2. The United States Attorney General or his authorized designee shall dispose of this property in accordance with the law. 3. No parties shall be entitled to costs, including any costs under 28 U.S.C. 2412, nor shall the person or persons who made the seizure of the Defendant Property, nor any attorney, agent, or employee of the United States, the State of Georgia or any political subdivision thereof, be liable to suit or judgment on account of the seizure of the Defendant Property or prosecution of the instant forfeiture action, there being reasonable cause shown for the seizure. SO ORDERED, this 19th day of November, 2008. S/Clay D. Land CLAY D. LAND UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Prepared by: Donald L. Johstono Assistant United States Attorney

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