IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
March 18, 2008
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
MICHAEL R. DOTSON, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: David R. Herndon, Chief Judge United States District Court
This matter is before the Court on the application of the United States of America to designate the within case a Multiple Victim case under the Justice for All Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. §3771. The government has represented that there are over nine hundred victims of the purported fraud charged in the indictment and that formal compliance with all of the provisions of the Act is impracticable.
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3771(d)(2), the Court finds that the number of crime victims makes it impracticable to accord all of the crime victims all of the rights described in Section 3771(a). The Court therefore orders that the notice and consultation requirements in subsections (2) and (5) of Section 3771(a) may be met by the establishment of an email address that can be accessed by the public. The Court determines that such a procedure would give effect to the Act but will not unduly complicate or prolong the proceedings.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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