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United States v. Knotts

United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division

October 16, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
BARNEY CLARENCE KNOTTS

          PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE

          MYRON H. THOMPSON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Now pending before the court is the government's motion for a preliminary order of forfeiture filed on September 23, 2019. The government gave notice to defendant Barney Clarence Knotts in the indictment that it would seek the forfeiture of all property involved in the commission of the offenses in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2252A(a)(2) and (a)(5)(B).

         The defendant consented to the forfeiture of specific property in his plea agreement (doc. no. 14, ¶15).

         Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the government's motion for a preliminary order of forfeiture (doc. no. 19) is granted as follows:

         1. As a result of the guilty plea on Count 2 of the indictment, the defendant shall forfeit to the United States, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2253, any visual depiction described in 18 U.S.C. §§ 2251(a), 2251A, or 2252, 2252A, 2252B, or 2260, or any book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, or other matter which contains such visual depiction, which was produced, transported, mailed, shipped or received in violation of such offense; any property, real or personal, constituting or traceable to gross profits or other proceeds obtained from such offense; and, any property, real or personal, used and intended to be used to commit and to promote the commission of such offense in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2252A(a)(2) and (a)(5)(B).

         2. The court has determined that the following property is subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2253; that the defendant has an interest in such property; and, that the govnerment has established the requisite nexus between such property and such offenses:

(a) Acer VA70 laptop computer, s/n: NXM34AA00430501D087200, containing a Western Digital 500GB HDD, sn: WX61AC2W7600; and,
(b) Acer 5750 laptop computer, s/n: LXRL8020321373C10A1601, containing a Hitachi 500GB HDD, s/n: 52GMGS1D.

         3. Upon the entry of this order, the United States Attorney General is authorized to seize the above-listed property and conduct any discovery proper in identifying, locating, or disposing of the property subject to forfeiture, in accordance with Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.2(b)(3).

         4. Upon entry of this order, the United States Attorney General is authorized to commence any applicable proceeding to comply with statutes governing third-party rights, including giving notice of this order.

         5. The government shall publish notice of the order and its intent to dispose of the property in such a manner as the United States Attorney General may direct. The government may also, to the extent practicable, provide written notice to any person known to have an alleged interest in the subject property.

         6. Any person other than the above-named defendant asserting a legal interest in the subject property may, within thirty days of the final publication of notice or receipt of notice, whichever is earlier, petition the court for a hearing without a jury to adjudicate the validity of his alleged interest in the subject property, and for an amendment of the order of forfeiture, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c), which incorporates 21 U.S.C. § 853(n)(6).

         7. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.2(b)(3), this order of forfeiture shall become final as to the defendant at the time of sentencing and shall be made part of the oral pronouncement of sentence and included in the written judgment in a criminal case.

         8. Any petition filed by a third party asserting an interest in the subject property shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury and shall set forth the nature and extent of the petitioner's right, title, or interest in the subject property, the time and circumstances of the petitioner's acquisition of the right, title, or interest in ...


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