Property Law Keyed to Dukeminier
United States v. 1500 Lincoln Avenue
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In 1989, the United States filed suit seeking civil forfeiture of property held by husband and wife in tenancy by the entirety. The government alleged that the Mr. Bernstein, the owner had used the property for illegal purposes. Mrs. Bernstein alleged an “innocent owner” defense and argued that because the property was held in tenancy by the entirety, she was entitled to keep the property. The district court held that the United States was not entitled to forfeiture of any interest in the property.
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