94 F3d 654 United States v. Sposato

94 F.3d 654

UNITED STATES Of America, Plaintiff-Appellee,
Anthony John SPOSATO, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 95-56486.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Submitted Aug. 12, 1996.*
Decided Aug. 22, 1996.

NOTICE: Ninth Circuit Rule 36-3 provides that dispositions other than opinions or orders designated for publication are not precedential and should not be cited except when relevant under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, or collateral estoppel.

Before: BROWNING, SCHROEDER and RYMER, Circuit Judges.

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Federal prisoner Anthony John Sposato appeals pro se the district court's denial of his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion challenging his conviction and 121-month sentence for distribution of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1). Sposato contends that his conviction violated the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment because civil forfeiture proceedings were instituted against his real and personal property prior to the commencement of his criminal trial. Sposato's claim is foreclosed by the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in United States v. Ursery, 116 S.Ct. 2135, 2149 (1996) (holding that civil forfeitures do not constitute "punishment" for purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause).

Accordingly, Sposato's conviction is



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. Fed.R.App.P. 34(a); 9th Cir.R. 34-4


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and may not be cited to or by the courts of this circuit except as provided by 9th Cir.R. 36-3


Because we affirm the denial of Sposato's motion under the former version of 28 U.S.C. § 2255, we do not consider whether the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 applies to this appeal