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Homeless man ordered to pony up $101 million

I really don’t understand the point of ordering a homeless guy to pay $101 million in restitution. Might as well just make him an indentured servant. Maybe this is the modern day equivalent. I’m not sure.

Fifty-year-old Steven Emory Butcher was convicted in February of starting blazes in the Los Padres National Forest in 2002 and 2006.

The 2006 fire raged for more than a month and cost more than $78 million to suppress. It injured 18 people, destroyed 11 structures and was the fifth-largest fire in California history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Maybe Mr. Butcher can get a bailout since he obviously can’t manage his own affairs. Seriously though, someone explain the legal ramifications of rendering a judgement against this guy that will never be collected? Is it done on principle? What are the ramifications to Mr. Butcher?