Clifford Hall's repeated apologies to family court Judge Lisa Millard fell on deaf ears. She found him in contempt of court last November not for failing to pay child support but for paying late. When Hall returned to court Tuesday for a hearing he was hauled off to jail to begin serving a 180 day sentence. "He's going to be devastated," Hall's mother Gladys said. "I'm devastated."
"If it can happen to him it can happen to anyone," said Hall's attorney
Tyesha Elam. "That's the message that I really really really want to
get out there." Court spectators expected to hear some heinous
thing Hall had done to his 11-year-old son or how he was thousands
behind in child support payments. "Maybe he's molesting the child
there's some reason why this man would have to pay all these attorney
fees and go to jail," Elam said. "We want to hear that I want to hear
that cause then it would make sense." Hall's attorney is adamant that he actually overpaid his child support. What did Hall in his attorney says is a change in the law. "Prior to June 2013 a person could not be incarcerated if they got behind on their support and got caught up," Elam said. Not anymore. Take Hall for example.
"How is this in the best interest of the child," wonders community
activist Quanell X. "Something is absolutely wrong in the state of Texas
and it needs to be corrected." Hall's ex-wife and her attorney declined to comment.
"If you do the right thing obey the laws you wont have to spend time in
jail I should have told him don't have sex cause that will get you
thrown in jail," Hall's mom said. In addition to 6 months in jail Judge Millard ordered Hall to pay around 11 thousand dollars in attorney fees. The judge ordered him to pay that by May 26th even though he will still be behind bars.