It could be a scene from a movie: the book-lined office, the leather furniture, the expansive downtown view of buildings and bridges, the rug proclaiming “311th District Court Judge Doug Warne,” and the two attorneys leaning forward to hear what the judge has to say. The attorneys have dropped by to discuss a matter not before Judge Warne’s court concerning a man who has failed to pay child support, who claims he has no money but nonetheless managed to buy an expensive boat with a suitcase full of cash. What can be done?

From behind his imposing desk, the judge speaks: “You know, jail is a pretty effective behavior modifier.”

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