A federal judge in Alabama will hear arguments Thursday over a debt collection lawsuit that accuses the city of Montgomery, Ala. of jailing some residents for not paying their debts.

The suit, brought by four indigent city residents, claims the city did not provide proper counsel or ask if they had the means to pay the debts, which accrued from fines for driving without licenses or insurance. It was not immediately clear if the defendants spent any time in jail, despite the claims in the suit.

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