Sounds like it's just an issue of law regarding whether damages awarded to convicts can be seized under that victim compensation law. I suspect that it happened because the comp law only deals with any income that the convict makes by "commercialising" the crime in a book, movie deal, etc.

But if it's on Fark then I'm sure that people will try to make a "justice" issue out of it.

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