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 victimâ€™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 victimâ€™s mother was entitled to restitution to compensate for financial loss she incurred due to the role she played in enabling her daughterâ€™s participation in the criminal proceedings.
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