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Change of Law in the Eleventh Circuit: Supreme Court Holds That a Sentencing Court May Order Restitution Even After Missing 90-Day Deadline

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Dolan v. United States, resolving a circuit court split. This decision abrogates U.S. v. Maung, a 2001 Eleventh Circuit case that held that a federal court imposing a criminal sentence lacks the authority to enter a restitution order after the 90-day deadline has expired. The Supreme Court held that, at least where the sentencing court clearly advised before the deadline that it would order restitution, that court may order the specific amount after the deadline has expired.

The majority opinion by Justice Breyer is available here, along with a dissenting opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Justices Stevens, Scalia, and Kennedy.

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