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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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Aug 2017

The Devil is in the Details

Why California Bail Reform is struggling in Assembly Committees Undoubtedly, bail reform and, more importantly, reform of California’s criminal justice system is imperative. The problem is that no one has really worked out the details. No one has really considered at what cost eliminating the cash bail system would be. The push to overhaul the system comes at a great cost to California taxpayers and...

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Jul 2017

Target Store Murder Suspect Held on $1 Million Bail

Edward Dewayne Nelson, 33, was arrested in connection with the slaying of 44-year-old Alex Lin.  Authorities believe he was the getaway driver in the brutal Brea homicide that took the life of Lin.  The murder happened in a Target parking lot and is believed to have happened during the course of a robbery.  Nelson is being held on $1 million bail in the Orange County...

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Jul 2017

Former LA County Sheriff Denied Bail Extension

Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators. He is appealing the convictions and has asked a judge to extend his bail during the appeal process. Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and is set to surrender next week to serve a three-year sentence on the federal charges. A judge refused to grant Baca’s...

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Jul 2017

Judges concerned with proposal to end California Bail

A measure to end California bail passed the state Senate but failed on the Assembly floor.  This measure raised concerns to some California judges that believe ending bail could cause serious harm to the public.  Proponents argue that California’s bail system discriminates against the poor and that an alternative should be used through a court monitored service such as pretrial services.  Pretrial services would complete...

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Jul 2017

Fyre Festival Promoter Arrested on Criminal Charges, Posts Bail

Billy McFarland was arrested and charged with fraud after the promoter allegedly used fake documents to trick investors.  The charges stem from his promotion of the catastrophic Fyre Music Festival which made national headlines after people were stranded with refugee style conditions in the Bahamas.  Assistant Federal Defender is representing the 25-year-old in federal court charges that allege he schemed to defraud investors.  The event...

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Jun 2017

$6.4 Million Bail set for California Brain Surgeon accused of rape

Dr. James Kohut was arrested on May 14, 2017 on several child sexual abuse charges. The neurosurgeon was practicing out of the Santa Cruz at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center and Dominican Hospital at the time of his arrest. The Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office believes that Kohut had also planned to impregnate women to continue his perversion with their children. He was charged with...

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Jun 2017

State Assembly Member Bigelow questions efficacy of bail reform Proposal

State Assembly Member Frank Bigelow believes that the proposed bail reform bail is dangerous and could put dangerous criminals back on the street. The California Money Bail Act failed to pass the house but passed the Senate. The bill lacks funding allocations according to Mr. Bigelow. The bail reform proposal would be costly to local governments and ultimately to taxpayers. The systems are already overburdened...

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Jun 2017

The Problem with Ending Cash Bail in California

California Assembly Bill AB 42 recently failed to be approved by assembly members. Those that do not support the bill site the importance of the bail industry in ensuring defendants’ appearance in court and with a 97 percent success rate. The bill provided no incentive for defendants to appear in court and mandated the release of numerous defendants without the condition of bail. The burden...

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