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02/10/2007 Archived Entry: "Celata civil forfeiture case dismissed"
THIS JUST IN FROM RICHARD CELATA:
On 2/8/2006, the Gov. filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the instant civil forfeiture proceeding pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 42(a)(2).
Court so ordered the instant case is dismissed.
Sam E. Haddon
Still no criminal charges after all these months. And if the ATF can't even demonstrate its "right" to steal the Celata's stuff (which is relatively easy), you gotta wonder how they'd fare if they and their prosecutorial pals undertook the much harder task of proving Richard Celata guilty of a crime.
FOLLOW-UP. Hm. This may be another good news/bad news. The dismissal may have been a strategic one to prevent the asset-forfeiture case from somehow compromising or jeopardizing a pending criminal case. Nobody's sure what's really up yet.
Posted by Claire @ 12:46 PM CST