MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate took action today to aid victims of terrorist attacks by increasing their ability to recover damages. Currently, law enforcement officials can use forfeiture to obtain any asset of a criminal or, in this case, a terrorist. However, those assets are not presently available through civil procedures to victims of a terrorist attack.
“Fort Hood and San Bernardino have taught us that Americans are not always safe on our own soil,” Allen said. “If another attack happens in our country or our state, I want to make sure any Alabama victims can seek full recourse against the terrorists.”
A portion of the terrorists’ assets forfeited must first go to law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of the terrorist act. This will ensure the agencies are made whole for any costs incurred.
“No one likes to think about the possibility of future terrorist attacks on our soil. But if a terror attack does occur again on American territory, I want the victims to be compensated properly,” Senator Allen continued.
A person who files an action under the bill may recover three times the actual damages sustained or $10,000, whichever is greater, as well as attorney’s fees in the trial and appellate courts if the person prevails in the claim.
Senator Gerald Allen represents District 21 in the Alabama State Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Tuscaloosa, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. He is chairman of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee. Follow him on Twitter for legislative updates: @SenGeraldAllen