United States of America, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Marvin Hare, and Louise M. Hare, His Wife, Defendants-appellees.united States of America, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Regis Ryan et al., Defendants-appellees, 448 F.2d 779 (5th Cir. 1971)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 448 F.2d 779 (5th Cir. 1971) September 22, 1971

John L. Briggs, U. S. Atty., Jacksonville, Fla., Kendell W. Wherry, Asst. U. S. Atty., Orlando, Fla., Walter H. Fleischer, Michael H. Stein, Attys., Dept. of Justice, L. Patrick Gray, III, Asst. Atty. Gen., Washington, D. C., for plaintiff-appellant.

Marvin Hare, pro se.

Regis Ryan, pro se.

Pamela J. Minneboo, pro se.

Otis E. Brown, Wilma R. Brown, pro se.

Before THORNBERRY, MORGAN and CLARK, Circuit Judges.


These cases are the latest in a series of cases coming from Florida in which district courts have refused to grant deficiency judgments in foreclosure proceedings brought by the United States. See United States v. Wells, 5 Cir., 1968, 403 F.2d 596; United States v. Phillips, 5 Cir., 1971, 439 F.2d 1197. In Hare, the district court denied a deficiency judgment completely. In Ryan, the court granted a deficiency judgment only for $675, the estimated cost of repairs needed for the house in question.

The principles of law governing these cases were stated in United States v. Wells, supra, and need not be reiterated here. We are unable to find any basis in law for the district court's persistent refusal to grant deficiency judgments to the United States in cases of this nature. The judgments appealed from are reversed with direction that judgment be entered for the United States.

Reversed with direction.


[1] Rule 18, 5th Cir.; see Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5 Cir., 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I