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CASE ENTRY

United States v. Hughes

Bank robber is sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay $189k (plus interest) in restitution, in quarterly installments of the greater of $25 or 50 percent of his prison wages. The robber sticks to the installment plan while also accumulating $3,400 in prison wages. Gov’t: We want that money, too. District court: Cool. Fifth Circuit: Not cool. The restitution order specifies an installment plan and the inmate has stuck to the plan, so gov’t can’t demand more.


Tags: 2019, Fifth Circuit, Restitution, Statutory Interpretation

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