A federal appeals court has granted the request of government attorneys to dismiss their own appeal of a judge's order to return more than $1 million seized from a California woman in a Nebraska traffic stop.
It is unclear why the U.S. Attorney's Office sought the dismissal; a motion to dismiss does not appear in online court records. Several officials will the U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha did not immediately respond to messages Wednesday seeking comment.
The government had appealed after a federal judge in July ordered it to return $1.07 million to 35-year-old Tara Mishra, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Mishra said the cash was her life savings earned over years as an exotic dancer. Government lawyers had claimed the money was connected to illegal drugs, but offered no proof.