United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Geoffrey David Hill, Defendant-appellant, 94 F.3d 653 (9th Cir. 1996)Annotate this Case
Submitted Aug. 5, 1996. *Decided Aug. 12, 1996
Before: WRIGHT, BEEZER and O'SCANNLAIN, Circuit Judges.
David Hill appeals the district court's denial of his motion to vacate sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1291 and 2253, and we affirm.
We review the district court's denial of Hill's § 2255 motion de novo. United States v. Roberts, 5 F.3d 365, 368 (9th Cir. 1993). Hill argues that the civil forfeitures of his property pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a) (1) (A) and his criminal conviction subjected him to double punishment in violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause. The Supreme Court recently held that in rem civil forfeitures pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a) (1) (A) do not constitute "punishment" for the purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause. United States v. Ursery, 116 S. Ct. 2135 (1996). This decision forecloses Hill's double jeopardy challenge.
The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision on the briefs and record, without oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 9th Cir.R. 34-4
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