Sunday, May 20, 2012
Battle between Tewksbury motel and the Department of Justice is grabbing national attention.
The ongoing battle between the U.S. Department of Justice and the owners of the Motel Caswell has now grabbed national attention. No less than Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated columnist George Will has tackled the debate in his latest column for the Washington Post, describing the situation faced by Russ and Pat Caswell as a " a Kafkaesque nightmare unfolding in Orwellian language." The conservative Will blasts the Department of Justice for attempting to seize the Caswells' property for the misdeed of motel guests, when the Caswells themselves have not been accused of any crimes. Click here for Will's complete column on the Motel Caswell.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Federal judge denies motion by Motel Caswell lawyers to dismiss the case.
Round 1 has gone to the Federal Government in their property forfeiture case against the Motel Caswell. But lawyers representing the motel and its owner, Russ Caswell, say the fight is a long way from over. According to a press release issued last week by The Institute for Justice, U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein, denied a motion by Caswell that the government's case be dismissed on procedural and Constitutional grounds. As a result, the case will move forward to trial in U.S. District Court, some time later this year. "Obviously, I'm very disappointed. We would have liked to have this whole thing taken care of," said Russ Caswell. "But it may be a blessing in disguise. It will give us more of a chance to get our side of things out …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Motel Caswell owner feels Department of Justice is over-stepping its authority in trying to seize the property.
For two years, Russ Caswell has been back on his heels, defending himself against allegations by the Department of Justice that, for years, he knowingly allowed drug trafficking to go on at the Motel Caswell. Now he’s fighting back. Backed by new lawyers, who have launched an aggressive public relations campaign, Caswell is denying any wrongdoing and claiming that the government is stepping well beyond its authority in trying to take his motel under Federal Civil Forfeiture Laws. “I may sell (the motel) eventually, but the government doesn’t have the right to take it,” said Caswell. “It’s not right.” In September 2009, the Department of Justice filed a claim in U.S. District Court, seeking to seize the Motel Caswell and the land it sits on…