Thursday, December 08, 2005

Supreme Court Rules -Feds can take Social Security to pay Student Loan Case

Category: Miscellaneous Musings

From Yahoo News - Supreme Court Rules in Student Loan Case:
"The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the government can seize a person's Social Security benefits to pay old student loans.

Retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the decision that went against a disabled man, James Lockhart, who had sued claiming he needed all of his $874 monthly check to pay for food and medication.

His government benefits had been cut by 15 percent to cover debts he incurred for college in the 1980s."

Click for full text of LOCKHART V. UNITED STATES (04-881), 376 F.3d 1027, affirmed.


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