Idaho v. Two Jinn, Inc.Annotate this Case
Appellant Two Jinn, Inc. appealed a district court's decision that affirmed a magistrate's denial of its motion to set aside a bond forfeiture. Two Jinn argued that it demonstrated a defense of impossibility of performance based on the deportation of Rosendo Arriago Navarro (Navarro). Two Jinn also argued that the district court abused its discretion in failing to recognize that justice did not require enforcement of the forfeiture in this case under former Idaho Criminal Rule 46(e)(4). Navarro was arrested for driving without privileges. Navarro was released from custody when Two Jinn dba Aladdin Bail Bonds/Anytime Bail Bonds posted his $500 bail. After pleading guilty, Navarro was ordered to appear in court for sentencing. Navarro failed to appear for his sentencing hearing, the bond was ordered forfeited, and a bench warrant was issued for Navarro’s arrest. 175 days after the bond had been forfeited, Two Jinn filed a motion to set aside that forfeiture and exonerate it from its liability on the bond, arguing that Navarro had been deported to Mexico and that it was, therefore, entitled to relief under the contract law doctrine of impossibility of performance. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded that the magistrate court did not abuse its discretion in denying Two Jinn’s requested bond exoneration. Therefore, the Court affirmed the district court decision upholding the magistrate court decision.