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10 U.S. Code § 8859 - Libel and proceedings by United States attorney

(a) Upon receiving the report of the prize master directed by section 8858 of this title, the United States attorney for the district shall promptly—
file a libel against the prize property;
obtain a warrant from the court directing the marshal to take custody of the prize property; and
proceed to obtain a condemnation of the property.
(b) In connection with the condemnation proceedings the United States attorney shall insure that the prize commissioners—
take proper preparatory evidence; and
take depositions de bene esse of the prize crew and of other transient persons who know any facts bearing on condemnation.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 477, § 7659; renumbered § 8859 and amended Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, §§ 807(d)(9), 809(a), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1837, 1840.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


34 U.S.C. 1135.

R.S. 4618.

As does 34 U.S.C. 1135, the revised section reflects the Act of March 3, 1899, ch. 413, § 13, 30 Stat. 1007, which repealed all laws authorizing distribution of prize proceeds to captors.

Editorial Notes

2018—Pub. L. 115–232, § 807(d)(9), renumbered section 7659 of this title as this section.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 115–232, § 809(a), substituted “section 8858” for “section 7658” in introductory provisions.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.