Judge Pays the Back Rent For Evicted Couple

Judge Pays the Back Rent For Evicted Couple

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gavel by Sal Falko-flickr-CC

County Judge Donald McDonough revealed his generous heart in the settlement of an eviction case brought before him in June.

A newly married deaf couple were taken to court by their landlord when they were $250 short on their rent.

The Fairfax, Virginia judge heard arguments, then “abruptly left the courtroom.”

Returning a minute later, he leaned over the bench and handed two $100 bills and a $50 bill to the landlord’s attorney.

“Consider it paid,” he said, and dismissed the case.

The Associated Press reported the judge’s intervention was likely triggered by the fact that the couple had just recently learned their disability benefits had dropped significantly due to their recent marriage.

(READ the full AP story in the Sun-Sentinel)

(Submitted by Ruth Rundgren, Ocean City, New Jersey)