Eye On Boise

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011, 4:13 P.M.

Idaho Supreme Court rejects bail bond firm’s lawsuit against county

The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Allied Bail Bonds after the firm lost a lawsuit against Kootenai County, charging that the county sheriff was infringing on its business by steering jail inmates toward credit card bonds rather than its bail bonds. The company offered constitutional and other arguments, but the high court rejected all of them, many on procedural grounds.

"In effect, Allied asserts that by accepting credit card bond payments, the sheriff has introduced a new form of competition to Allied’s licensed bail bond business," Justice Joel Horton wrote in the court's unanimous decision. "Allied asks this Court to ignore Idaho precedent which characterizes a license as a mere privilege and elevate its bail bond license to a protected property interest. We are unwilling to do so." The court awarded attorney fees to the county, ruling that Allied's appeal was "not reasonably based in either fact or law." You can read the decision here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
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