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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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08

Jun 2017

New York Judge Released on $50k Bail in False Statements Charge

Lurlyn Winchester, a municipal judge out of Orange County, New York, has been released on $50,000 bail following charges involving making false statements and obstruction of justice.  The arrest relates to false statements Winchester allegedly made in a residential loan application for a condominium in Monroe, New York.  She was charged at the White Plains federal court earlier this week.  According to William F. Sweeney...

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01

Jun 2017

Bail set at $3 Million in Fatal Mother’s Day Hit-and-Run

A judge at the El Cajon Superior Court has increased bail from $1 Million to $3 Million in a fatal Ramona Hit-and Run crash that ended in the death of a Mother and her unborn child.  Andrew Milonis, 44, is believed to have rear-ended 29-year-old Jessica Foderingham on Mother’s Day causing her vehicle to crash into a tree in the center divider.  The crash killed...

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25

May 2017

Uber Driver Accused of Sexual Assault Posts $55k Bail

Jamaal Andrew Lee, turned himself in this week after being accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger.  The incident occurred near the UC Riverside campus after the victim arranged for an Uber trip from a location off-campus to the UCR Plaza Apartments.  Lee is facing a number of charges including felony false imprisonment, oral copulation by force or violence and assault with the intent to...

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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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09

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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04

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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27

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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