Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not
An unusual coalition of civil rights organizations, criminal defense lawyers and conservative and libertarian groups have challenged these sorts of policies, saying they confiscate private property without constitutional protections and lock poor people into a cycle of fines, debts, and jail.
The Supreme Court has already agreed to hear a separate challenge to a Colorado law that makes it hard for criminal defendants whose convictions were overturned to obtain refunds of fines and restitution, often amounting to thousands of dollars. That case, Nelson v. Colorado, will be argued on Jan. 9.
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I didn't know this was happening. It would be understandable if a guilty person is charged a fee but an innocent one too? It is ripe for abuse. Anyone have this experience or hear about this happening?
Can't imagine such a thing surviving the Supreme Court. Of course, I can't imagine it surviving any court, but apparently it did.
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