Affordable Bail Bonds Inc. v. Sandoval (In re Sandoval)

Ruling: 
Bankrtuptcy court properly held that debt owed to bail bondsman when criminal jumped bail was dischargeable as there was no obligation owing to the government.
Procedural posture: 
Appellant bail bondsman obtained a default judgment against appellee debtor. The bondsman brought an adversary proceeding and sought a determination that the debtor's debt was nondischargeable under 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(7). The bankruptcy court held that 11 U.S.C.S. § 523(a)(7) did not apply. The District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma granted the bondsman's motion to appeal directly to the appellate court.
Issue: 
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 11,2008, LexisNexis #1008-009