Tuesday, September 28, 2010

USA Today notes frivolous or wrongful federal prosecution happens, and ordinary individuals have insufficient protection for legal expenses

Kevin McCoy and Brad Heath have a major story on the front page of USA Today, Tuesday, Sept. 28, “not guilty, but stuck with big bills, damaged career: U.S. law designed to aid those wrongly charged rarely used”, link here.

The article concerns the 1997 Hyde Amendment, which is supposed to compensate victims of “frivolous” federal prosecution, but defendants have been compensated for costs only thirteen times, according to Gannett’s own investigation.

A better known law, from 1976, also called Hyde Amendment has to do with barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions.

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