|$2 million owed, pennies collected|
Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Tim Burke got the printout -- which list debts owed through Oct. 14 -- by filing a freedom-of-information request last week. Clancy's office released the list in response to a query seeking: "Any list or compilation showing open bond forfeitures and sums owed to the County, by whom and when such sums became due as a result of bond forfeitures."
The Daily Bellwether has previously done items about uncollected bonds. You can read them by clicking here and here. While at the courthouse yesterday, The Bellwether spoke with Clancy's top deputy, John Williams, a Republican who is running for Juvenile Court judge this year. Williams said officials haven't actively pursued collecting some forfeited bonds owed by bondsmen because of concerns that criminal court judges would set aside the forfeiture orders. He said the county would not have the cash to repay overturned forfeitures if the money had been disbursed to law enforcement agencies. Instead, the clerk's office has chosen not to collect the money while carrying the debts on its books as unpaid. There are rumors the feds are investigating, but those rumors remain unconfirmed. The Dems sense scandal in the air and are likely to press the issue in the days ahead. Stay tuned.