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Trudeau technically not jailed; still behind bars

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A federal judge says TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau is officially no longer serving jail time for contempt in a civil case.

Judge Robert Gettleman made that ruling Wednesday in Chicago. It's in a civil case in which Trudeau has failed to pay a $37 million judgment, claiming he's penniless. Gettleman has said he doesn't believe Trudeau is broke.

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The ruling is of little practical consequence to Trudeau. That's because another judge on Monday gave him a 10-year prison term in a related criminal case, so he'll stay behind bars.

Gettleman left open the possibility he could jail Trudeau for the civil-contempt violation after his release from prison in the 2020s if he hasn't paid the $37 million judgment by then.

Both cases relate to false infomercials aired by Trudeau.

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