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Nation of Islam Leader Must Appear in Court

Nation of Islam Leader Must Appear in Court

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Dec. 28, 2007- A judge has ordered Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan to come to court – and it’s over his son’s mess.

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Last year, Farrakhan’s son, Nasir, was ordered to pay an Indiana couple $800,000 after slamming his father’s Hummer into their car and fleeing the scene in 2003.

But, while Nasir Farrakhan’s insurance has paid $464,000 in medical bills, the 48-year-old head of the minister’s 20-man security detail has yet to pay any of the $350,000 in punitive damages.

Nasir Farrakhan says that he hasn’t paid Charles and Gladys Peterson because he hasn’t had a job in years and has no bank account.

Yes, he acknowledges, he does receive $1,400 a month in cash from his father, but that is legally considered charity, The Associated Press reports.

But U.S. District Magistrate Andrew Rodovich is demanding that Louis Farrakhan and a financial representative of the Nation show up in a Hammond, Ind., court on Jan. 24 to explain to the Petersons’ lawyers why his son’s money is not considered income.

Attorney Michael Back argues that the money Nasir Farrakhan gets is actually income and, thus, can be garnished.

“We will continue to pursue this through every avenue possible to ensure the Petersons are paid every penny they are owed,” Back said.

What do you think? Is the money income, and should it be garnished to pay the damages?

Written by BET-Staff

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