TAILIEUCHUNG - Gale Encyclopedia Of American Law 3Rd Edition Volume 9 P31

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Volume 9 P31 fully illuminates today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, important documents and more. Legal issues are fully discussed in easy-to-understand language, including such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and thousands more. | 288 SPECIAL PROSECUTOR a master s report has been filed in a non-jury case the court must accept the findings of fact unless they are clearly erroneous. In a jury action the master s findings are admissible as evidence of the matters found and may be read to the jury. Special masters have been called upon to review and administer agreements made by parties through consent orders. Masters have helped federal courts run school districts and oversee prison systems that had been found to violate the rights of inmates. Environmental lawsuits have also been an area in which the courts have used special masters. In some lawsuits masters have been called upon to review a defendant s internal documents to see whether they may remain confidential because they are attorney-client work product. Congress established the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 to compensate the victims of the terrorist attacks and their families. Congress created the position of special master to administer the claims process. Attorney General john ashcroft appointed Kenneth R. Feinberg to serve in that capacity. Feinberg had sole authority to determine what each claimant would receive. His rulings were not appealable to a court of law because claimants were required to waive this right when they applied to the fund for compensation. If they did not agree to this condition they were obliged to file a civil lawsuit against private parties they believed were negligent for the September 11th attacks of 2001. A special master was also appointed during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This appointment coincided with the development of a communications center that was designed to reestablish contact between the federal courts and the lawyers. During a four-month period the special master was assigned to assist attorneys with communication and coordination with the court. The court recognized that the hurricane had disrupted the legal system and the special master was needed to provide

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