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May 2017

Las Vegas Man Held on $350k bail after Killing a man with One-Punch

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, James Michael Beach, 27, of Las Vegas killed a California man outside of a Las Vegas Bar with one punch.  Luis Campos, a father of five, was visiting from La Puente, California when surveillance captures Beach walking up to him, saying something and then throwing a punch.  Campos was in Las Vegas for a Bachelor party.  He...

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May 2017

The Real Cost of California’s Bail Reform Bill

SB10-Bail and its counterpart AB42 is currently being decided by the California Legislature.  The bill proposes to reform California’s “unjust” bail system by virtually eliminating the cash bail system in favor of pretrial release.  The proponents of this bill argue that it will protect the poor.  They fail to mention the part of the bill that charges defendants a percentage of the bond amount as...

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May 2017

What Eliminating Cash Bail means for Public Safety

Assembly Bill 42 currently sits in the California Legislature.  The measure would reform the current bail system in California and promote a system of pretrial release that could have grave consequences for the public-at-large.  Public safety was one of the primary concerns when bail was established.  Bail weighed the rights of a defendant with the desire to keep the public safe from potential harm.  High...

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Apr 2017

Bail set at $10 Million for Father of Missing 5-Year-Old Boy

A Los Angeles County Judge set bail at $10 Million for the father of a missing 5-year-old boy.  Aramazd Andressian was found unresponsive in Arroyo Park.  His son has not been seen since visiting his father.  The 5-year-old’s mother called police after Aramazd Andressian, Jr. did not return from a visitation with his father.  The South Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

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Apr 2017

Celebrity Bounty Hunter joins fight against Bail Reform in California

Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman, best known for their reality TV Show have joined the fight against bail reform in California voicing opposition to Assembly Bill 42 which would drastically change the bail system.  The bill, introduced by Rob Bonta of Oakland, would limit the ability of judges to place bail as a condition of release.  The bill passed the public safety committee...

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Apr 2017

SFV Burglary Gang Suspects held on $120k Bail

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department believes that they have caught a gang of men responsible for a number of burglaries across Los Angeles.  The men were arrested in Santa Barbara after they were believed to have been involved in two similar burglaries in the coastal town.  The men between 20 and 27 years old were charged with a number of crimes including suspicion of...

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05

Apr 2017

Bail Reduced for Former Stockton Mayor

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva had his bail reduced from $1 million to $350,000 last month by a San Joaquin County judge.  He was arrested on March 5 at San Francisco International Airport for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars that was intended for the Stockton Boys and Girls Club and the Kids Club.  The Former Stockton Mayor was the executive director of the...

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Mar 2017

The Importance of Bail

Today, bail has gotten a bad rap.  A really bad rap.  If something is wrong with the criminal justice system, it must be bail.  The reality is that bail plays an important role in our criminal justice system.  It is crucial and has been since our nation was founded.  It was so important that the founders felt it prudent to include a right to reasonable...

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Mar 2017

Bail set at $10k for Woman Who Allegedly Abandoned Child at Grocery Store

Food-4-Less security cameras appear to show Chiengkham “Cindy” Vilaysane abandoning her 2-year-old daughter at the grocery store in Riverside, California earlier this month.  The story caught national attention because of it’s unusual nature.  According to police reports, the toddler wandered off shortly after entering the store with her mother.  A good Samaritan then brought the child to Vilaysane who allegedly responded, “Oh just leave her.” ...

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Mar 2017

Bail Agents Allowed to Defend California’s Bail System in Federal Lawsuit

A federal judge has granted the California Bail Agents Association to defend the California Bail System in a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.  The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco against San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy.  Last week, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez allowed the Bail Agents Association the right to defend the current bail system.  Equal Justice Under Law filed the suit against the...

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