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  • Police Thought Cotton Candy Was Meth. She Spent 3 Months in Jail for Their Mistake.

    11/29/2018 5:54:37 PM PST · by Theoria · 80 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Nov 2018 | Mihir Zaveri
    A Georgia woman spent more than three months in jail on drug charges after sheriff’s deputies mistook congealed cotton candy they found in a car she was riding in for methamphetamine. A state crime lab eventually showed that they were wrong. Now, she’s suing. In the lawsuit, filed this month, Dasha Fincher alleges that she was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated in December 2016, when she and her boyfriend were pulled over by Monroe County sheriff’s deputies. The deputies found a blue, crystal-like substance in a bag on a floorboard in the car and evaluated it using a roadside test kit,...
  • We Cannot Avoid the Ugly Tradeoffs of Bail Reform

    10/12/2018 8:59:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | October 12, 2018 | Alex Tabarrok
    Many people think that “innocent until proven guilty” implies that everyone should be let loose on their own recognizance before trial. A moment’s thought reveals that this is idiotic. The white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine people on June 17, 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. His image was captured on security cameras and he was arrested the next day. Roof’s trial, however, didn’t start until more than a year later, December 7, 2016, and he wasn’t convicted of anything until December 15, 2016. Should Roof have been released before trial because he was “innocent until proven guilty”?...
  • Democratic staffer accused of doxxing GOP senators denied bail

    10/09/2018 1:39:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2018 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Jackson Cosko (Linkedin) A former House Democratic staffer accused of posting personal information about a Republican senator online was ordered held without bail Tuesday ahead of his pending trial. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Jackson Cosko used his work login to post private information about Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, from a computer in a House of Representatives office during the Sept. 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Cosko was working as a staffer for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. He had previously worked with Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and former Sen....
  • 500 Women and Teenagers to Be Bailed Out From Rikers by Human Rights Group (New York)

    09/20/2018 6:04:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 19, 2018 | Jeffery C. Mays
    More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from Rikers Island as part of a national campaign to dismantle a bail system that activists say discriminates against minorities and the poor. The effort is being spearheaded by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, which plans to raise at least $5 million to fund the releases. While there have been other so-called mass bailouts around the country, organizers said they believe this effort at Rikers has the potential to be one of the largest ever.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill that ends California’s cash bail system

    08/30/2018 9:49:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8-30-2018 | Leslie Eastman
    Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a sweeping reform bill that makes California the first state in the nation to abolish bail for suspects awaiting trial. An overhaul of the state's bail system has been in the works for years, and became an inevitability earlier this year when a California appellate court declared the state's cash bail system unconstitutional. The new law goes into effect in October 2019. "Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly," Brown said in a statement, moments after signing the California Money Bail Reform Act.The governor has waited...
  • Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Bill Ending Bail for Defendants Awaiting Trial in California

    08/28/2018 7:52:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    ktla ^ | 08/28/2018
    California will end the cash bail system in a sweeping reform for the state. Rather than requiring defendants to pay in order to be released before trial, their release will hinge on an assessment of their risk to public safety. ... Brown signed the bill Tuesday, and the new law goes into effect Oct. 1, 2019. "Abolishing money bail and replacing it with a risk-based system will enhance justice and safety. For too long, our system has allowed the wealthy to purchase their freedom regardless of their risk, while the poor who pose no danger languish in jail," said Assemblymember...
  • California to become first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial

    08/28/2018 1:27:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/28/18 | Michael Burke
    California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The measure, which takes effect Oct. 1, 2019, eliminates the payment of money as condition for release and gives judges more power in determining who remains incarcerated ahead of trial. “Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday. Under the new law, people who are arrested will be subject to a “pretrial risk assessment” to determine whether they can be released. The assessment...
  • Ex-New York Chief Judge: It's time to end cash bail

    07/13/2018 10:43:56 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jonathan Limpan
    As the former chief judge of New York, I have seen that money bail doesn’t work. In New York, like most states, a person who is charged with a crime can be required to put down money as bail, serving as collateral to ensure he or she returns to court. If you can pay, you go home. If you can’t, you go to jail. In other words, if you are wealthy, you can fight your charges from home with the help of high-end lawyers. If you aren’t, you may have to defend yourself from behind bars, represented by a public...
  • Mueller just abruptly reversed course on his bail agreement with Manafort

    12/04/2017 3:20:39 PM PST · by Coronal · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2017 | Natasha Bertrand
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has abruptly reversed course on a bail agreement his office struck with Paul Manafort's legal team last week that would have allowed him to be released from GPS monitoring. Manafort evidently failed to tell the government that he was ghost-writing a draft op-ed about his work in Ukraine as late as November 30. He was working on it with "a longtime Russian colleague" who is "assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence," according to the special counsel's court filing. That colleague was likely Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian citizen and longtime protege of Manafort who he had...
  • Police Officer Describes Video That Reportedly Shows Oklahoma Bail Bond Agent Fatally Shoot Man

    08/15/2017 10:28:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 15, 2017 | DALLAS FRANKLIN
    We are learning more about the Oklahoma bail bond agent who is charged with murder after she fatally shot a man she was trying to take into custody. Around 11:40 a.m. last Wednesday, Chasity Carey, 41, of Signature Bail Bonds in Stillwater, called 9-1-1 stating she had just shot a man, identified as 38-year-old Brandon James Williams. When officers arrived, Williams was found dead at the scene. Police said Williams was arrested in late July 2017 and charged with three counts of second-degree burglary as well as possession of marijuana. Brandon Williams He was released from jail on August 1,...
  • Remember we said that after Obama left office, we'd find out the damage he did?

    06/30/2017 3:53:30 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 17 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 29 2017 | Thomas Wictor
    From Thomas Wictor on Twitter (1) Boy oh boy. Remember we said that after Obama left office, we'd find out the damage he did? It's much worse than I imagined. (2) Under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, the Department of Justice pushed the states to pass new laws. (3) The goal was to make it impossible to hold repeat offenders in jail before trial. Why? (4) Because so many repeat offenders are black. (5) The first step was to reclassify violent felonies as nonviolent misdemeanors. Look at California. (6) Assault with a deadly weapon, harming a crime victim or witness,...
  • Jay Z Will Help Bail Out Dads for Father’s Day, Wants ‘Exploitative Bail Industry’ Dismantled

    06/18/2017 11:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Boom Box ^ | June 17, 2017 | Trent Fitzgerald
    Jay Z is continuing his fight against the criminal justice system by helping men who have been incarcerated but can’t get release due to exorbitant bail bonds. In an essay for Time magazine, Hov attacks the “exploitative bail industry” for their practices that he deems are unfair to black and brown people. “If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay writes. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at...
  • Accused leaker Reality Winner pleads not guilty, denied bail

    06/09/2017 2:14:54 PM PDT · by catnipman · 65 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/9/2017 | Ed Adamczyk
    A judge denied bond to Winner, 25, in the detention hearing on Thursday. Prosecutors argued foreign entities could recruit Winner if she was released on bail
  • 7 things we know about the I-85 bridge collapse two weeks later

    04/27/2017 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 18, 2017 | Fiza Pirani
    It’s been at least two weeks since a massive fire caused a section of I-85 to collapse, throwing metro Atlanta traffic into gridlock and leaving many wondering who exactly was to blame. » The latest: Man charged with I-85 bridge fire pleads not guilty, to be released on bond Here’s what we know so far: Who’s at fault? Basil Eleby, 39, was charged with starting the fire. On Tuesday, April 18, Eleby pleaded not guilty to arson and criminal trespass charges and is expected to be released on a $10,000 signature bond. According to AJC’s Rhonda Cook, Fulton County Superior...
  • California murder suspect raises unprecedented $35M bail via friends

    04/06/2017 6:59:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-6-2017 | FoxNews
    A California woman accused of killing the father of her two children is expected to be released from jail Thursday after posting an unprecedented $35 million bail raised by wealthy friends, family and business associates with ties to China. Tiffany Li pleaded not guilty to murder and directing her boyfriend and another man to kill Keith Green and dispose of his body. Prosecutors say she feared losing custody of her children. -------------- Her family put up $4 million in cash and -- with the help of friends -- about $70 million in properties, Fox 2 reported, noting that the law...
  • CHANGES IN BAIL SYSTEM BENEFICIAL

    12/05/2016 10:31:23 AM PST · by View Out West · 4 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 12/4/16 | Jeff Clayton
    Changes in bail system beneficial By Jeff Clayton / Executive Director, American Bail Coalition Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 12:02am There has been a lot information – and misinformation – written about New Mexico’s new constitutional amendment on bail. Therefore, it is important to understand just what happened and what the amendment will actually mean for the state. As a person on the front line of this issue, I wanted to share my thoughts on the ramifications of this amendment. First, the idea that bail bondsmen or monetary conditions of bail is somehow going away is not the case. Of...
  • American system of bail is unconstitutional says Obama Justice Department

    08/23/2016 9:03:52 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 40 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 8/23/16 | Publius Huldah
    In a federal filing last Thursday, Obama’s Justice Department said that defendants can't be held in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. The Department argued that the practice was a violation of the 14th Amendment. Author and attorney Publius Huldah disagrees. "How Bail works in our Criminal Justice System and why it’s Important" By Publius Huldah “Holding defendants in jail because they can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday…” “It's the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed cash bail...
  • DOJ against holding people because they can't afford bail

    08/21/2016 1:11:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 | T. BECKET ADAMS
    It is unconstitutional for defendants to be held in jail simply because they can't afford to post bail, the Justice Department asserted this week. This marks the first time that the federal government has sided with this position before an appeals court, according to NBC News. In a friend of the court briefing, the DOJ said: "Bail practices that incarcerate indigent individuals before trial solely because of their inability to pay for their release violate the Fourteenth Amendment." The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that no citizen can be denied "life, liberty or property, without due process of law."
  • Justice Department Says Poor Can't Be Held When They Can't Afford Bail

    08/20/2016 7:01:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 93 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/19/16 | Pete Williams
    Holding defendants in jail because they can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court. It's the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed cash bail amounts and jailing those who can't pay.
  • State Supreme Court calls for reasonable bonds (NM judges -let the killers walk free!)

    06/12/2015 8:49:33 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    KOAT-TV, Albuquerque ^ | June 12, 2015 | Nancy Laflin
    At a time when New Mexico judges are under fire for not being tougher on suspected criminals, the state Supreme Court is telling them to give suspects more rights. Even some suspects accused of murder would be allowed the chance to get out of jail on lower bonds, or no bond at all. The high court said Walter Brown's case is the reason. In 2011, Brown was accused of fatally stabbing a man in the heart. A judge set his bond at $250,000. According to court records, he sat behind bars for more than two years awaiting trial. But last...