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Friday, December 31, 2004

Forfeiture. Barbara Pacheco purchased certain real property that the government was trying to forfeit from a criminal defendant. Pacheco knew about this in that a notice of pendency was filed long before she bought it. However, because the criminal defendant's wife had an interest in the property, Pacheco's purchase may be valid as to her purchase of the wife's interest -- or, at least, the Second Circuit, on its appeal from a motion to dismiss, did not find otherwise. The decision in United States v. Serendensky can be found here.

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