Judge gives Redmond more time to refinance But councilman faces jail if debt isn't cleared

October 12, 1997|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

A judge on Friday angrily warned an Anne Arundel County councilman that he would be thrown in jail Nov. 10 if he failed to clean up a financial mess surrounding an apartment building.

Circuit Judge Eugene Lerner told County Councilman Thomas W. Redmond that by that date he must refinance an Ocean City property that is in foreclosure and remove his former wife's name from the mortgage.

Redmond had promised to clear Sandra C. Redmond of responsibility for the three-unit building at 3503 Canal St. when they divorced in 1988.

But Redmond failed to do so, and his former wife sued him this year to force him to clear her of liability.

Lerner had given Redmond until Friday to deal with the problem. But when Redmond appeared in court, he asked for more time because, he said, the bank had delayed the paperwork.

The judge granted a 30-day extension but said he would jail Redmond for 90 days for contempt of court if he doesn't solve the problem.

"I've given you enough time to take care of this," Lerner scolded Redmond. "Either her name is off this by Nov. 10, or you report for jail at 9 a.m. on that date."

Pub Date: 10/12/97

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