U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan appealed the mummy forfeiture case in June after a federal district court denied the government's efforts to seize and forfeit the Ka Nefer Nefer mask from SLAM. The federal government alleges that the mask was stolen from Egypt and is in the United States in violation of the law. SLAM asserts that they are the rightful owners of the artifact. SLAM filed a declaratory action in February 2011 to gain quiet title to the mask followed by the U.S. Attorney's petition for forfeiture in March 2011.
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