Hyde Ruling Sparks Battle Over Prosecutorial Misconduct

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT) -- With a group of former judges and prosecutors urging the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to define the scope of the Hyde Amendment, a battle is looming over whether defendants like the late Sen. Ted Stevens should be compensated for defending themselves against malicious, frivolous or otherwise mishandled prosecutions.

Last year, the Eleventh Circuit ruled the Hyde Amendment, which allows courts to force the government to pay defendants' attorneys' fees and other litigation costs in certain circumstances, only applies when prosecutors bring baseless charges or cases...
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