Sunday, June 28, 2009

UPDATE: Nebraska lets Feds Keep $40 K Jackpot

As we written about the Obad case in Nebraska, here is the latest update:

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that kept a New York man from getting back more than $40,000 seized by a trooper during an interstate traffic stop. Louis Obad of Lakeview, N.Y., argued that a state trooper wrongfully took the money, which Obad was carrying in his rental car in 2008. The state suspected it was drug money and turned it over to the U.S. Marshals Service. Obad was never convicted of a crime connected to the incident.Former District Judge Kristine Cecava of Cheyenne County ordered in March 2008 that the $43,584 be returned to Obad. But Cecava vacated the order two months later, saying that the money was in the possession of the federal government and that she had no jurisdiction over the matter. In a decision released Friday, the high court upheld Cecava's decision that she had no jurisdiction. Neither Obad nor his attorney, Don Miller of Sidney, immediately returned phone messages from The Associated Press.