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

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.
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.
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Consumer case opionion summary, case decided on September 11,2008, LexisNexis #1008-009