Monday, November 30, 2009

U.S. Attorney Timothy Morrison Drops Forfeiture Complaint Against Timothy Durham; Was Pressure From Politicians The Reason?

In a bizarre twist, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Timothy Morrison announced today he is dropping the less than week old forfeiture case filed against Indianapolis Businessman Timothy Durham. Gary Welsh at Advance Indiana has details here.

The sudden dropping of the case on Monday morning came after a flurry of negative publicity Saturday and Sunday after the forfeiture complaint, filed in federal court last Tuesday, was discovered on-line.

According to the IBJ, U.S. Attorney Morrison indicates that now he has received the "appropriate assurances" that Durham's assets won't disappear, he is dropping the case. There is no indication what those "assurances" are or who provided them. To dismiss a case on those grounds is nothing short of bizarre and unprecedented. Further, no attorney has even entered an appearance on behalf of Durham in the case in order to negotiate a resolution to the case..

Clearly Durham's money and political contributions had earned him powerful friends in politics. Obviously someone intervened on Durham's behalf with the U.S. Attorney's Office, at the very least to provide those alleged "assurances."

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