United States of America, Plaintiff, Appellant, v. One Parcel of Real Property with Buildings, Appurtenances,and Improvements, Known As 154 Manley Road,located in the Town of Burrillville,rhode Island, et al.,defendants, Appellees, 91 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 1996)

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US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit - 91 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 1996) July 30, 1996

Before SELYA, CYR and BOUDIN, Circuit Judges.


The government appeals from a decision of the district court dismissing its civil forfeiture claim as violative of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment. United States v. 154 Manley Rd., 908 F. Supp. 1070, 1083 (D.R.I. 1995). The parties agree, and we are likewise persuaded, that the judgment below must be vacated in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in United States v. Ursery, --- U.S. ----, 116 S. Ct. 2135, 135 L. Ed. 2d 549 (1996) (holding that in rem civil forfeitures under 21 U.S.C. § 881(a) (7) are neither "punishment" nor criminal for purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause), and the case remanded for further proceedings. See Loc.R. 27.1.

Vacated and remanded.