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Mass. U.S. Attorney Won't Appeal Tewksbury Motel Ruling

On Nov. 9, owner Russ Caswell stands outside his Motel Caswell in Tewksbury. (Winslow Townson/AP)
On Nov. 9, owner Russ Caswell stands outside his Motel Caswell in Tewksbury. (Winslow Townson/AP)

The Massachusetts U.S. attorney will not appeal a federal judge's January ruling against the seizure of a family owned motel in Tewksbury that the government claimed was facilitating drug crimes.

The judge ruled that federal prosecutors did not have enough evidence to seize the motel.

The motel's owner, Russell Caswell, said Friday that the government's argument was ridiculous.

"A handful of people have done some drug stuff over the years and they try to use that to steal my property without ever accusing me of a single thing," he said.

The U.S. government will now have to reimburse Caswell for an estimated half-million dollars in legal fees.

This program aired on March 15, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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