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High court overturns Arizona law capping restitution amounts

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Posted at 11:58 AM, May 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 14:58:21-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has overturned a state law limiting restitution awards for economic losses caused by certain criminal driving offenses that cause another person to be killed or seriously injured.

The ruling Tuesday said a 2006 law imposing a $10,000 cap on criminal restitution in those cases violated a right to prompt and full restitution under Victims' Bill of Rights protections in the Arizona Constitution.

The justices upheld a Court of Appeals decision that reversed a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s ruling. The judge's ruling had set a man’s restitution order at $10,000, down from the over $61,000 amount set by a Phoenix Municipal Court judge.