For the fourth consecutive year, the Caswells will spend the holiday season wrapped in a cloak of uncertainty, not knowing whether they will lose everything they have worked their entire lives to build. Although he has never been charged with — or accused of — any criminal wrongdoing, Russell H. Caswell has been forced to defend his property because of a little-known federal civil asset forfeiture law that allows the government to seize property linked to drug crimes.
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