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Argued January 12, 2010

Before: HENDERSON and TATEL, Circuit Judges, and WILLIAMS, Senior Circuit Judge.

How does one enforce a civil judgment against a person protected by the Witness Security Program? Congress, it turns out, answered this question in 18 U.S.C. § 3523. That provision requires the Attorney General to determine whether the protected person is making “reasonable efforts” to satisfy the judgment and establishes procedures for collecting the judgment if the person is failing to do so. In this case, the Attorney General found that a protected person would make reasonable efforts to pay a judgment owed to appellant. Dissatisfied, appellant sought to invoke one of section 3523′s enforcement procedures- appointment of a guardian to help collect the judgment. Under these circumstances, the district court held, section 3523 does not authorize appointment of a guardian. For the reasons set forth in this opinion, we agree.

 
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