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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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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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