United States v. $124,700

United States v. $124,700  (2006) 
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency was a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that was handed down on August 18, 2006. Although it is usual for persons, rather than property, to be sued in court, the controversial doctrine of asset forfeiture does allow a piece of property (in this case, $124,700 in cash) to be directly sued by and forfeited to the government, without either just compensation or the owner being convicted of a crime.

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

458 F.3d 822

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff/Appellant,


$124,700, IN U.S. CURRENCY, Defendant/Appellee,

Manuel Gomez; Andres Madrigal Morgan; Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, Claimants/Appellees.

No. 05-3295.

United States Court of Appeals

Eighth Circuit.

Submitted: April 19, 2006.

Filed: August 18, 2006.

Nancy A. Svoboda, argued, Asst. U.S. Attorney, Omaha, NE, for appellant.

Michael J. McCabe, argued, San Diego, CA, for appellee.

Before ARNOLD, LAY, and COLLOTON, Circuit Judges.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).