Governor signs ‘prosecution fee’ bill sparked by Desert Sun investigation

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Less than one year after a Desert Sun investigation revealed Indio and Coachella had hired an outside law firm to prosecute residents found in violation of municipal ordinances, then charged them thousands in “prosecution fees,” the practice has been officially outlawed in California.

In a five-part series, The Desert Sun found Silver & Wright, an outside law firm hired by Indio and Coachella, had charged residents thousands in prosecution fees, often for minor infractions involving things like messy yards, keeping chickens on a property, and failing to apply for building permits. – Desert Sun 

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