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Federal judge says no to Boise County bankruptcy filing

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge says Boise County can't declare bankruptcy to stave off paying a more than $5 million legal judgment. Boise County was sued by developer Oaas-Laney for allegedly violating the federal Fair Housing Act. Oaas-Laney wanted to build a treatment center for teens called Alamar Ranch, and contended the county set impossible planning and zoning requirements. Last year a federal jury agreed and handed down a $5.4 million judgment. County commissioners, fearing that the county wouldn't be able to cover the cost of necessary services if they paid the judgment, filed for bankruptcy. But Oaas-Laney asked U.S. District Bankruptcy Judge Terry Myers to reject the filing, saying Boise County had enough cash in its coffers to pay. In a ruling handed down Friday afternoon, Myers agreed.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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