For John, BLUF: The Caswell Motel is free, at last.
The Caswell Motel wins against the Feds in an asset forfeiture case. That was covered in this article in The [Lowell] Sun.
Here is Law Professor Glenn Reynolds on the issue, with a comment on the Federal Attorney, Carmen Ortiz, who lost this case.
Asset forfeiture is a powerful tool for law enforcement, but it is rife with possibilities for abuse. That is where the Courts come in. An independent Court system is a good thing.
While I don't expect to hear from "the other Cliff", his milage may differ. My younger Brother, John, was involved in this at the periphery, a while back, working for BATF. His job was to educate folks that you seize the copier, but not the copier paper. You never seize the race horses. You should avoid seizing the Chicken Ranch. Asset forfeiture is an art form.
Regards — Cliff