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(child support)Defendants caught leaving Howard County courthouse with suspended driverís licenses
Baltimore Examiner ^ | Apr 30, 2008 | Carolyn Peirce

Posted on 05/01/2008 6:17:27 AM PDT by sickoflibs

Five defendants were driving from Howard Circuit Court when deputies arrested them on charges of driving with suspended licenses because of delinquent child support payments, said the Howard’s Sheriff’s Office.

“I think they were shocked,” said Lt. Charles Gable, sheriff’s office spokesman, referring to the arrests that occurred Friday and Monday.

“We got all kinds of reactions; the first person we pulled over was like, ‘Wow.’ ”

The defendants are John Porterfield, 43, of Columbia; Denee Powell, 43, of Silver Spring; Riko Johnson, 26, of Annapolis; Craig Myers, 44, of Highland; and Renard Whitehead, 41, of Bowie.

The maximum sentence for driving with a suspended license is a $500 fine and two months in jail, Gable said.

All were released pending a June 26 Howard District Court trial.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration can suspend the driver’s license of any noncustodial parent who has not complied with court-ordered child support for more than 60 days, according to state law.

The Howard Sheriff’s Office received complaints from county child support officials who believed some defendants were driving themselves to and from Circuit Court for child support contempt hearings.

“I guess they never thought someone would actually check to see if they were driving,” Gable said.

The sheriff’s office cross-checked driving records with the court docket and set in motion a plan to arrest the defendants if they tried to drive themselves, Gable said.

A courtroom deputy watched the defendants leave the hearing and then described their clothing to a second deputy standing watch outside.

That deputy observed the defendants get into cars and then notified a third deputy waiting on Courthouse Drive, Gable said.

When the defendants turned onto Courthouse Drive, they were stopped and arrested on charges of driving while suspended as well as some for failing to wear seat belts, Gable said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: childsupport; fathers; singlemothers
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These poor guys have to go to court to avoid a bench warrant and jail and then get arrested for driving to court, makes you wonder why more men dont just run away to another state when they get the good news. BTW: Maryland prides it'self for giving illegals drivers licenses so these guys only need to learn spanish to drive legally again.
1 posted on 05/01/2008 6:17:27 AM PDT by sickoflibs
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To: sickoflibs
The maximum sentence for driving with a suspended license is a $500 fine and two months in jail, Gable said.

Well, that is certainly going to get the child support payments flowing...

2 posted on 05/01/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: sickoflibs
I'm tired of paying to support other men's children. Sticking the rest of us with their responsibly is the real outrage here...
3 posted on 05/01/2008 6:24:27 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: sickoflibs

Idiotic. How are they supposed to get to work?


4 posted on 05/01/2008 6:28:55 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: GOPJ

RE :”I’m tired of paying to support other men’s children”

Correction, “other women’s children” Remember that unilateral right to terminate that only the mothers has? Well now they, not the children, get a 18 year payoff for getting pregnant or breaking up the marriage ,and the fathers are criminals and slaves to the government.


5 posted on 05/01/2008 6:32:34 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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To: sickoflibs
...deputies arrested them on charges of driving with suspended licenses because of delinquent child support payments

Umm, what does the one have to do with the other?

On the up side, at least their fishing licenses were still valid.
6 posted on 05/01/2008 6:33:52 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: stinkerpot65

And we can flip that argument around to how are women supposed to feed their children when the dads won’t pay their court ordered child support. I’m sorry, but these guys don’t have my sympathy. My former son-in-law can’t manage to pay his child support in Maryland and works as a carpenter under the table, BUT can afford to take his girlfriend on a vacation to Florida. He definitely deserves to have is drivers license suspended AND thrown in jail. His having to “worry about how to get to work” is of minimal concern when my daughter has to worry about paying her bills every month and the rest of the family is constantly having to chip in to help out ...


7 posted on 05/01/2008 6:35:50 AM PDT by Jackson57
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To: sickoflibs

You’re calling for abortion? Gimme a break - I’ll bet everyone of these deadbeats was married at the time of birth... Real men take care of their own.


8 posted on 05/01/2008 6:46:30 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Jackson57

A little jail time might be good, but you can’t make money to pay child support without a car to get work.


9 posted on 05/01/2008 6:53:34 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: GOPJ

RE :”You’re calling for abortion? “

I am saying the men have no rights, only what you call responsibility, which slavery to the government.

RE :”Gimme a break - I’ll bet everyone of these deadbeats was married at the time of birth... Real men take care of their own”

Even worse, the government offers the mother 18 years of the paycheck for breaking up the family, the father has no say about taking care of anyone, the same courts separate him from his children that take way his license and throw him in jail. One reason, No Fault Divorce for parents reward those who break up the family.


10 posted on 05/01/2008 6:53:39 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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To: GOPJ

In your rage against men don’t forget there are plenty of worthless mothers who don’t use a cent of child support on their kids or have lost custody of them to their fathers and don’t pay a dime of support.


11 posted on 05/01/2008 6:56:31 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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To: Jackson57

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2009653/posts?page=8#10


12 posted on 05/01/2008 6:58:29 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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And I'll add, there are a lot of women who use child support as alimony in an attempt to continue living their same lifetsyle with same spending habits as before they were divorced.
13 posted on 05/01/2008 6:59:37 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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My big problem with this child support policy is it did the same thing to the middle class that welfare rights did to inner city poor families. Remember when Republicans used to believe liberal welfare causes illegitimacy? Not anymore, now welfare is (child support) called responsibility by republicans. Now if the law benefited the kids and promoted marriage, I would have a different view.
14 posted on 05/01/2008 7:03:00 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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To: Rebelbase

Look, I’m retired now - but I supported my children and I don’t need your pathetic defense of men who won’t do the same. No, I don’t want to take care of your children. I want you to support your own kids. Is that really too difficult to understand?


15 posted on 05/01/2008 7:03:56 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: sickoflibs

A DL should be dependant on the ability to control a vehicle only, not any of this extraneous BS.


16 posted on 05/01/2008 7:06:02 AM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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RE :” Is that really too difficult to understand?”

It’s very simple. The law makes the women only entitled to the money without review, not the kids, so it’s just a bribe and not a coincidence that middle class single momhood has skyrocketed since this started in early 90s. That’s the program!


17 posted on 05/01/2008 7:09:34 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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To: LearsFool
From the article:

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration can suspend the driver’s license of any noncustodial parent who has not complied with court-ordered child support for more than 60 days, according to state law.

Kind of like double-secret probation, I guess...

18 posted on 05/01/2008 7:11:20 AM PDT by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: spunkets

That’s why Ron Paul was against National ID, it would be used to punish fathers like licenses and passports are now (the one thing I agreed with) .

BTW: Maryland DOES give licenses to illegals.


19 posted on 05/01/2008 7:12:17 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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To: GOPJ

What is not understandable is a system that allows mothers to deprive their kids of resources even though the funding for those resources has been mandated by a court.

As I alluded to in my prior comment, child support is a two way street and in many cases it’s not just men who are at fault for not providing for their kids.

I’d be willing to put money on the percentage of custodial fathers receiving welfare due to a non child-support paying spouse being significantly less than the same for mothers.


20 posted on 05/01/2008 7:13:31 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
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