Source: (2000) Crime Victims Report 4 (September/October): 52.

This article reports on a case where a mother sought restitution for the crime suffered by her daughter. In keeping with federal law and state law in other states, Minnesota law stipulates a victim’s right to restitution to compensate for harm or loss. In this instance, the mother was, strictly speaking, not the victim. A Minnesota judge, however, interpreted the purpose of restitution, as embodied in the statute, to extend to parents in qualified circumstances. The judge ruled that the victim’s mother was entitled to restitution to compensate for financial loss she incurred due to the role she played in enabling her daughter’s participation in the criminal proceedings.