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Can a federal agency be indicted?
Can a Federal agency be indicted for criminal
behavior, or for civil infractions?
Response: I honestly don't
know--the legal rule in the federal system is that the right to indictment only attaches to individuals, so corporations
and other artificial entities do not have a RIGHT to be indicted, but they CAN
be indicted, if a prosecutor wants to go that way. I doubt that a federal
agency would ever be the subject of an indictment, since the agency itself
would not be at fault and is not legally the tool of the offenders in the same way
that a corporation can be. I think the prosecutor would, instead, indict the
culpable individuals responsible for the agency's crimes. (No indictment lies,
by the way, for civil infractions--these have to be pursued by a civil case,
initiated by a complaint filed in federal court.)