White Collar Crime Committee Report on Reform of the Hyde Amendment

Our proposal addresses a different problem than that addressed by the Hyde Amendment, which it is not intended to modify or replace. Whereas the Hyde Amendment seeks to deter prosecutorial misconduct, and provides that certain of its victims may be reimbursed their attorney fees and expenses, this proposal seeks to reimburse acquitted defendants without regard to the good or bad faith of the prosecutors.


In so doing, it recognizes that the wrongly accused are victims too who, having suffered, struggled and prevailed, deserve, at the very least, to be reimbursed the attorney fees and expenses they incurred in defending themselves.

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