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Title: Bad checks, Debtor's Prisons, and Prosecuting Attorneys: State v. Orth and Criminal Justice Policy
Journal: Criminal Law Bulletin  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:(July-August 1989)  Pages:362-365
Author(s): M Smith
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While the decriminalization of indebtedness is a constitutional promise in America, the so-called bad-check laws have rendered it a promise often broken; the jailing of poor people for insufficient-funds checks had been commonplace in some localities.
Abstract: A recent and unique decision of West Virginia's highest court, State v. Orth, may be the harbinger of a policy shift. The Orth decision ends the prosecuting attorney's role as the handmaiden of commercial business interests and enhances economic class neutrality in the criminal justice system. 11 references. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Debt collection practices
Index Term(s): Check fraud; Crimes against businesses; West Virginia
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