Lagos v. United States

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 03/05/2018


Lagos v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 16-1519

Prior Decision

Decision below 864 F.3d 320 (5th Cir. Mar. 17, 2017)


Section 3663A(b)(4) does not authorize restitution of victim’s attorneys’ fees. The statutory phrase “child care, transportation, and other expenses” does not encompass attorneys’ fees, which are completely different in nature and magnitude from expenses for child care and transportation. The word “expenses” without any reference to attorneys’ fees, does not encompass attorneys’ fees.


Stuart Banner, UCLA School of Law Supreme Court Clinic, Los Angeles, CA; Barbara E. Bergman, NACDL, Tucson, AZ.

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