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Joe Francis House Arrest

Feb. 3 2009, Published 7:06 a.m. ET

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Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is now out of jail and has been placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Francis was arrested Monday by U.S. marshals after he showed up five hours late for a court hearing in his tax evasion case. Seems the judge didn't buy his excuse that he was late due to the flu and threw him behind bars.

When Frances showed up in court Tuesday for a bail hearing, he brought with him a doctor's note saying that he had in fact been sick, but that wasn't enough for the judge, who said he wanted proof the note was real.

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And they must really think Joe is a bad guy. In court, his hands were cuffed and his legs were shackled in chains, but always the dapper don, he was wearing a black jeans, open shirt, sports jacket and tennis shoes.

The judge ordered Francis to remain under house arrest until his next court appearance on February 11th.


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