The high court says that penalty was unconstitutional because it amounted to criminal punishment imposed without a trial.
The Supreme Court says a circuit judge must re-examine the case to determine the proper penalty for Ed Sazama who was found to owe nearly 63-thousand dollars in past child support for his two children.
The circuit judge could impose a different penalty that is aimed at compelling Sazama to pay the child support. But the Supreme Court says if the judge imposes a penalty similar to the original one Sazama must get the constitutional protections of a criminal trial.
(By AP Writer Chet Brokaw) (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP 02-22-07 1713CST | save this article / add to your favorites list