Can restitution be discharged through bankruptcy?

Philip Colasuonno filed bankruptcy in an attempt to discharge almost $800,000 in restitution payments that he was ordered to pay in his criminal case.  He appealed to the Second District Court of Appeals and argued that the automatic stay provision in his Chapter 7 bankruptcy case prevented the criminal court for revoking his probation on the grounds he had stopped paying his restitution payments.  The Second District Court disagreed and ruled that the restitution payments were exempted from the automatic stay provision.

For more details on this case see, “The intersection between criminal law and bankruptcy law: can filing for bankruptcy affect a criminal defendant’s sentence?