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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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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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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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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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