Ed Pierce, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States of America, Appellee, 416 F.2d 970 (9th Cir. 1969)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 416 F.2d 970 (9th Cir. 1969) October 17, 1969

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California; William P. Gray, Judge.

Richard G. Sherman (argued), of Sherman & Sturman, Beverly Hills, Cal., for appellant.

Gerald F. Uelmen (argued), Asst. U. S. Atty., Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., U. S. Atty., Charles Magnuson, David R. Nissen, Asst. U. S. Attys., Los Angeles, Cal., for appellee.


Before CHAMBERS, ELY and KILKENNY, Circuit Judges.


The appeal from the decision of the district court is dismissed. In the present circumstances, the court finds the appeal premature.

Of course, the decision is not on the merits and therefore not res judicata on the merits of Pierce's claims with reference to the seized material.

In Goodman v. United States, 9 Cir., 369 F.2d 166, the material on which the court acted was in the frame of a fishing expedition. We do not find the case applicable here and think the general rule of DiBella v. United States, 369 U.S. 121, 132, 82 S. Ct. 654, 7 L. Ed. 2d 614, applies.