The government finally ran out of patience Saturday, and federal marshals evicted a Hamilton, Mass., couple from their home.

Rhetta B. and John Sweeney had been battling foreclosure since 1988, when Comfed Savings Bank, Lowell, Mass., filed a foreclosure action for nonpayment of a $1.6 million loan. The battle has passed through state court, federal courts-the Supreme Court refused to hear the Sweeneys' case- a congressional hearing, and various mediation sessions.

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