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Sessions rescinds Obama-era letter to local courts on fines and fees for poor defendants

Sessions rescinds Obama-era letter to local courts on fines and fees for poor defendants

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era letter to local courts advising them to be wary of imposing stiff fees and penalties on poor defendants, The Washington Post reports.

The move comes as Sessions revokes more than two dozen Justice Department guidance documents going back to the 1990s on various topics, the Post reports.

Sessions said the move would do away with “the long-standing abuse of issuing rules by simply publishing a letter or posting a web page.”

“Congress has provided for a regulatory process in statute, and we are going to follow it,” Sessions said, according to the Post. “This is good government and prevents confusing the public with improper and wrong advice.”

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