In November 2013 Mr. Hall was in court where his ex-wife’s lawyer confirmed there were no arrears of child support. Fast forward to January 2014, when he reappeared in court and was advised that due to an administrative error his direct deposits of child support to his ex-wife’s bank account had resulted in an underpayment of support. His ex also complained that he was not in adherence with their parenting agreement, as he was seeing his son more often than the agreement permitted.
He immediately paid the $3000.00 owing and expected to walk out of court with everything squared away. Not so fast…
Houston Judge Lisa Millard had something else to say “I sentence you to Harris County Jail for 180 days”. Gulp… That’s six months!
I have to wonder whether it gets dumber than this. A good father who pays his support and sees his child, who, but for an unintentional underpayment, will no longer be in a position to pay support, and can only see his son in a prison visiting room, while the State of Texas expends tens of thousands of dollars to keep him locked up.
Fortunately, there is now talk of a state judicial investigation and Change.org have started a petition directed at Texas governor, Rick Perry, calling for the release of Mr. Hall.
This judge needs her head examined!
PS Change.org is the online petition company that launched the internet petition against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, obtaining 2.2 million signatures
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang