Police State USA
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:03 UTC
Clifford Hall has been doing his best to give care to his 11-year-old son, who lives with his ex-wife. He pays his child support and visits regularly. "I'm his father it's my responsibility to take care of him," Hall said.
Last November, his child support payments were paid in full. Sometime between then and now, the child support agreement between Hall and his wife was modified without his knowledge.
Hall wound up overpaying by $3,000, a fact that Harris County District Court Judge Lisa Millard found contemptible.
Another term that was modified without his knowledge was his visitation schedule. Subsequently, Hall was found to have over-visited his son.
Judge Millard ended up finding Hall in contempt of court.
When she said I remand you to the Harris County Jail for 180 days my mouth just dropped," Hall told FOX 26 Houston.
In addition to the six month jail sentence, Judge Millard is forcing Hall to pay his ex-wife's attorney fees.
"I can't be there for my son in jail," Hall said. "I can't pay child support in jail. This is not in the best interest of the child."
Hall is correct. Such heavy-handed actions on the part of the court serve no one. Not only is the child going to be deprived of his father for the next 6 months, but taxpayers will have to pay the father's incarceration, and will potentially be forced to subsidize the mother's living expenses in lieu of the child support payments.
It just goes to show us that no good deed goes unpunished in Police State USA.
Comment: This is a perfect example of what happens when psychopathic 'morality' infects a society and turns most of the population, and especially the 'authorities', into half-wits, exactly as Lobaczewski described in Political Ponerology.
UPDATE: According to another report, Hall didn't pay too much child support - he caught up on back-payments that he claims he didn't know he owed as soon as he found out about them. At the above link we read:
When Hall and his unidentified ex-wife were in Judge Lisa Millard's court last November, Hall didn't owe anything.In the video above, they note that the judge said Hall walked out of court after being held in contempt - not that he was held in contempt because he walked out.
"Opposing counsel testified twice that he's all paid up," Elam told the news station. [...]
Thus, it still appears, as of now, to be rather unjust.