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Oct 2017

LA Rams Defensive End Westbrooks out on Bail

LA Rams’ Defensive End Ethan Westbrooks posted $55,000 bond after being arrested on gun charges in Bakersfield.  Westbrooks is facing five felony gun charges.  The incident arose after he was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in late September for speeding.  The citing officer searched his car finding a loaded gun that was reported stolen in 2009.  Westbrooks was subsequently charged with carrying a...

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Oct 2017

SFO Stabbing Suspect held on $10 Million Bail

Authorities believe that Dooris Johnson suffers from mental health issues.  On September 26, Johnston allegedly stabbed a San Francisco Police Department officer several times at the San Francisco International Airport.  He appeared in the San Mateo County Superior Court asking a judge to let him act as his own attorney.  His appearance at the court date raised questions about his mental health after he appeared...

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Sep 2017

Retired Superior Court Judge Writes Scathing Piece on Proposed Jail Reform

In a recent article published by the San Francisco Examiner, retired Superior Court judge and former State Senator Quentin L. Kopp writes about the potential (or more likely inevitable) problems with the bail reform proposed by SB 10.  The bill was defeated in June of this year but is up for reconsideration next year.  In the article, Judge Kopp points out the issues that have...

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Sep 2017

Stockton DUI Fatality results in $2 Million Bail

Anthony Calderon’s bail was increased from $1 Million to $2 Million in the fatal drunk driving crash that killed Lincoln High School student Cameron Allison.  Calderon appeared at the San Joaquin County court for an arraignment on the DUI charges.  The victim’s family watched as he sat with his head in his hands.  Allison was the passenger in a car that was hit by Calderon...

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Sep 2017

Garden Grove ID Theft Suspect Out on $1 Million Bail

James Michael Mendez, 38, has been charged with multiple felonies including identity theft.  Mendez, of Garden Grove, has been to prison five times for a number of crimes including assault, theft drug crimes and gang involvement.  The Orange Police Department has located over 21 potential identity theft victims in the latest crime.  During his arrest, detectives found identifying information for over 50 people.  Police also...

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Sep 2017

Bail Reform Stalls in California

After a bail reform bill failed on California’s Assembly floor, the legislature announced that it would not be taking up further legislation on the matter until next year.  After numerous discussions on both sides, the bill had serious flaws.  Opponents of the bill saw serious problems with how bail alternatives would be funded and how an overburdened system would handle more.  Pretrial risk assessment was...

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Aug 2017

Bail vs. Bond: Legalese

The words bail and bond are often used interchangeably but legally they have distinct meanings. Technically, the two terms have the same effect; a defendant is released from jail on a promise to appear secured by a financial backing. The difference in the terminology comes from the source of the financial backing. Bail is the sum of money a person or the defendant pays in...

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Aug 2017

DUI Arrests increase over Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day typically marks the end of the 100 Deadliest Days in relation to fatal auto accidents. A sharp increase in drunk driving makes this time particularly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. If you plan to travel over Labor Day weekend be sure to take precautions. Never ever get behind the wheel if you are over the legal limit. It is recommended that you designate...

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Aug 2017

Bail Denied for Charlottesville Car Attack Suspect

Unrest unraveled in Charlottesville, Virginia where an alleged White Supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of counter protestors. The incident resulted in the death of a young woman. 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. was denied bail after being charged with second-degree murder in relation to the rampage. The Justice Department is considering domestic terrorism charges and filing federal hate crime charges as well. The...

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Aug 2017

Millionaire Bob Ward out on $1 Million Bond

Millionaire Bob Ward, of Orlando, has been in prison for six years after being convicted of second-degree murder. Ward told 911 dispatchers “She’s dead. She’s done. I’m sorry,” and repeatedly said he shot her. Diane Ward died of a gunshot wound to the head. The conviction was thrown out recently after a judge agreed that trial counsel did not properly object to evidence. Ward posted...

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