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Orange County chases mom into bankruptcy and beyond to pay for son’s juvenile detention

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A federal court scolded a California probation department for hounding a mother into bankruptcy — and beyond — to pay more than $16,000 she owed for incarcerating her son in a juvenile detention facility.

Maria Rivera sold her home and filed for bankruptcy trying to repay $23.90 in daily detention fees, which is allowed but not mandated by the state, and another $2,200 in legal expenses, reported the Orange County Register.

She paid $9,508 to Orange County in May 2010 after selling her home, but the county jacked up the remaining $6,864 she owed to $9,905 — which the county’s attorney couldn’t explain and a federal judge slammed as “highly questionable.”

Rivera filed for bankruptcy in September 2011 and was given a “fresh start” from her debts about four months later.

A federal appeals court ruled last week that Rivera did not have to repay the remaining money she owed to the county, which had jailed her then-teenage son for more than a year between 2008 and 2010, the newspaper reported.

It’s not clear what charges her son was held on because his juvenile records are sealed.

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Judge Stephen Reinhardt admonished the Orange County Probation Department in his Aug. 10 ruling, which was issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Seeking to obtain that revenue by unremittingly pursuing legal actions against disadvantaged individuals – the counterproductive practice at issue here – can have damaging effects on the community,” the appeals court judge added.

Rivera said the probation department threatened to take away her driver’s license or pursue her in court, so she finally reopened her bankruptcy case and asked the court to sanction the county.

A bankruptcy judge ruled last year in the county’s favor, saying state law allowed government agencies to pursue debts for alimony and child-support payments through bankruptcy, but the appeals court overturned that ruling.

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Reinhardt said the state law was misapplied because Rivera’s son was taken into custody as punishment and not to provide “a wholesome upbringing,” and impeded the mother’s ability to provide her son with future support.

Orange County will not appeal the ruling, saying it would not apply to many other cases.

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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Impeachment is no longer about ‘registering outrage’ — it’s now about ‘averting an ongoing crisis’: columnist

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President Donald Trump continues to defy presidential norms.

Boston Globe’s Michael A. Cohen wrote that Trump's behavior would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous for Americans. Cohen explained that in one week, President Trump has shown to put his interest above the U.S.

Trump started the week by telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would take dirt on a rival from foreign operatives. He also downplayed the threat of North Korea.

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Trump expert Tony Schwartz reveals ‘all you need to know’ about the president

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The co-author of the president's 1987 autobiography Trump: The Art of the Deal on Friday revealed "all you need to know" about the commander-in-chief.

Tony Schwartz offered advice on how to respond to Trump as his behavior becomes even more erratic.

"As we all know, Trump is shameless and compulsive liar. Here's the solution: ignore everything he says -- everything," Schwartz counseled.

"Don't waste any energy in outrage," he continued.

"Just know nothing he says is ever true," Schwartz said. "That's all you need to know."

https://twitter.com/tonyschwartz/status/1139681718175014912

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