NOVEMBER 2, 2004 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal appeals court refused yesterday to overturn a judgement against former Congressman Tommy Robinson and his family. The judgement ordered the family to pay $376,000 in farm-related debt.
Robinson's son-in-law, Fred Chambers, and his two sons, Jeffery and Greg Robinson, are named as co-defendants along with Ag Pro Farm, the family's business. The suit was filed by Terra International Incorporated of Sioux City, Iowa.
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected two appeals by the Robinsons. Robinson had claimed the lower court wrongly denied him relief. He also claimed the judge should have recused because the judge had previously sentenced Robinson for contempt.
Robinson is also a former Pulaski County Sheriff. After serving the central Arkansas-based Second Congressional District in Washington, Robinson also launched a failed bid for Congress in the First District two years ago, when he was beaten badly in the race by incumbent Democrat Marion Berry.