Ninth Circuit Overturns Attorney Fee Award Against the Government


Court finds that the government did not act frivolously in conducting a factual investigation

In U.S.. v. Capener, 2010 DJDAR 392 (2010) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, overturned a fee award, rendered against the government under the so called “Hyde Amendment.”

The Hyde Amendment, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A note, permits the court to award attorneys fees to a defendant in a criminal prosecution where the government has acted in a manner that was “vexatious, frivolous, or in bad faith . . .”

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