- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Court of Appeals has ordered Bonner County to pay attorney fees for a resident who fought the seizure of $9,050 in cash.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1lYlokl) that the court ruled the county didn’t file its motion within a 30-day deadline.

Sandpoint police in 2011 obtained a warrant to search the home of Michael Trelby Cunningham Jr.

Police confiscated a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a lock box containing $9,050 in cash.

The county moved to seize the cash, contending it was ill-gotten gains from drug sales.

But Cunningham’s attorney argued the motion to seize the cash came four days after the 30-day deadline.

The appeals court recently agreed with Cunningham and also ordered the county pay Cunningham’s attorney fees during the appeal phase.

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Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, https://www.bonnercountydailybee.com


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