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Thu., Aug. 13, 2009, 9:55 p.m.

Courthouse watch: 8.13.09

A bondsman accused of forcing an old man to give him $6,000 appeared was scheduled to plead innocent today in Spokane County Superior Court. 

Ryan M. Holmes, 46, of Holmes Brothers Bail Bonds, was charged in a case his lawyer calls a "civil dispute run amok" while the prosecutor calls Holmes a threat to the administration of justice.

His arrest was an instant media circus as TV news crews followed a handcuffed Holmes through the courthouse as he was led to jail.

A bounty hunter, Brian Steenhard, is also charged.

Holmes is out on $20,000 bail; Steenhard was released on his own recognizance.

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