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State v. Hall

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals

May 15, 2015

State of Alabama
v.
Eric Deandre Hall et al

         Editorial Note:

         This Opinion is subject to formal revision before publication in the advanced sheet of the Southern Reporter.

          Appeal from Jefferson Circuit Court. (CV-11-2129).

         MOORE, Judge. Thompson, P.J., and Pittman, Thomas, and Donaldson, JJ., concur.

          OPINION

Page 1030

          MOORE, Judge.

         The State of Alabama appeals from a judgment entered by the Jefferson Circuit Court (" the trial court" ) in favor of Eric Deandre Hall, Jamison Brandon Gaston-Jones, Antonio Montrel Jenkins, and Demetrius Harris (" the claimants" ) to the extent that the trial court ordered the State to pay prejudgment interest on $16,038 of United States currency (" the currency" ) that the State had attempted to subject to forfeiture. We reverse.

         Procedural History

         This is the second time this case has been before this court. See Hall v. State, 150 So.3d 771 (Ala.Civ.App. 2014). In Hall, this court noted the following procedural history:

" On November 4, 2011, the State of Alabama filed a complaint seeking the forfeiture of the currency. The claimants were served on January 26, 2012. After a November 15, 2012, trial, the trial court entered a judgment on January 8, 2013, condemning and ordering the forfeiture of the currency. On January 30, 2013, the claimants moved the trial court to alter, amend, or vacate its judgment; that motion was denied by operation of law on April 30, 2013. See Rule 59.1, Ala. R. Civ. P. On June 7, 2013, the claimants filed their notice of appeal."

150 So.3d at 772.

         This court reversed the trial court's judgment, reasoning:

" Section 20-2-93(c), Ala. Code 1975, provides that forfeiture proceedings 'shall be instituted ...

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