Restitution Order in Federal Court Improper When Calling for Immediate Payment.

It is not uncommon for a judge to order restitution and while doing so, feel a bit of scorn toward the defendant.  The defendant also may have negotiated a plea bargain that the judge feels is not fair, but the judge feels he must approve it to resolve the case because a trial could tie up his or her courtroom for weeks or pose other unique issues the judge really does not want to deal with.  What if the judge, in federal court, orders that restitution be paid immediately?  Is this legal?  Click on the following article to read the answer –

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