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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 22, 2017
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded a Justice Department letter asking local courts to be wary of hitting poor defendants with excessive fines and fees, as a part of his crackdown on what he sees as federal overreach, The Washington Post reports. Sessions said that he was ending “the long-standing abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page.” The letter, originally sent in March 2016, pointed out to chief judges and court administrators across the country that the DOJ had a “strong interest” in making sure the rights of citizens were protected. American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass issued a statement today in response to the move, saying she was "disappointed" in the changes.