- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A political activist in Bend who was in jail on a contempt of court charge stemming from outstanding child support payments has been released following a hunger strike.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/2nw3YRS ) that a judge has ordered that Ronald “Rondo” Boozell be temporarily released on Monday for the first of several two-week respite periods. He will return to jail April 3.

Boozell, who regularly runs for political office in Bend, holds political demonstrations such as smoking marijuana downtown and bringing a marijuana leaf to a City Council meeting, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on March 4 for refusing to pay a child support judgment. He immediately claimed he was on a hunger strike.

Assistant Legal Counsel John Laherty petitioned for Boozell’s temporary release after he stopped eating for more than a week.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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