A federal judge issued a sharp rebuke to the FBI's attempt to expose the identity of one of the anonymous victims of a March raid that seized more than $86 million in cash, jewelry, and other valuables from safe deposit boxes in Beverly Hills, California. Now a new legal effort is seeking to force the government to explain its own still-secret justification for the raid.
In a ruling issued last week, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner rejected prosecutors' request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the owner of Box 904, one of more than 600 safe deposit boxes seized by the FBI during the March 22 raid of U.S. Private Vaults. The box-holder, identified in court documents under the pseudonym "Charles Coe," claims to have lost more than $900,000 in cash and other valuables. In trying to get the lawsuit dismissed, prosecutors also asked Klausner to force Coe to identify himself publicly before returning the seized property.
"If the government believes that plaintiff did not lawfully possess the contents of box number 904, the government can, of course, defend this suit on that basis," Klausner wrote. "But the government has made no showing that plaintiff possessed the items seized from box number 904 unlawfully."
Later, he added that the government's case against Coe has not been based on "anything more than pure conjecture that plaintiff might have unlawfully possessed the items seized from box number 904."
You might remember a post about this months ago: the EffingBI had a warrant to seize SOME SPECIFIC boxes; once inside they violated their own warrant by seizing ALL of them, and then starting the games. Which later turned into "We should be able to use civil forfeiture to stea- ah, keep the contents of ALL the boxes. Because we want all the money and whatever."
If the EffingBI actually had any morals and ethics, the agents who violated the warrant, from their Dear Leader down, would've been fired the next day. Instead the doubled down to try and steal all the property they could. Hopefully, this judge will take their bullshit- and, be it noted, the DoJ clowns involved in defending this- fold it to eight corners and shove it up their asses.
Trusting the EffingBI is a really dumb thing to do at this point.