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What was once perceived as a straightforward limitation on the government’s significant enforcement powers has become obscured by statutes and court interpretations that tend to elongate the period for the government to act in ways that often are not transparent to even experienced criminal practitioners.
Statutes of limitations establish time limits for the government to prosecute crimes. The clock usually starts ticking as soon as an offense is complete. These statutory deadlines have been a cornerstone of American criminal law since the time of the Founders. Their purpose, as the U.S. Supreme Court has explained, is “to protect individuals from having to defend themselves against charges when the basic facts may have become obscured by the passage of time and to minimize the danger of official punishment because of acts in the fardistant past.” Toussie v. United States, 397 U.S. 112, 11415 (1970). Statutes of limitations thus provide an important check on prosecutorial delay and unfairness.
By Jacqueline C. Wolff
Lessons Learned from Recent Settlements and Decisions
Health care fraud and False Claims Act cases continue to generate a significant source of funds for the Federal Government. Although, when announcing its focus, the government listed treatment options are not always clear. What these settlements often have in common is that the underlying complaints allege that the services that were rendered and reimbursed lacked medical necessity.
By Robert J. Anello and Justin Roller
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
Though they might seem straightforward on their faces, limitations periods are often elongated by legislation or court interpretation. The authors began looking at some of these exceptions to the stated limitations periods last month in Part One of this article. They continue here with further examples.
By Colleen Snow
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By Colleen Snow
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