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Jan 2016

Prominent Santa Barbara Winemaker to Post Bail in Embezzlement Case

Christian Garvin, a well-known Santa Barbara winemaker, is now facing notoriety for a different reason. Garvin faces 52 years for embezzlement allegedly conducted against his former Los Angeles business partners. Court documents show that Garvin reportedly stole over $1 million from his partners and is being charged with felony counts of money laundering and tax fraud in addition to the embezzlement indictment. In all he...

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12

Jan 2016

Mom of “Affluenza” Teen Posts $75k Bail Bond

Tonya Couch is the mother of the now infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch. He was given 10 years of probation in lieu of jail time after a 2013 drunk driving incident that killed 4 people. The defense argued that the teen suffered from affluenza and was unable to determine right from wrong. Ethan and his mother were found in Mexico late last year after the...

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11

Jan 2016

Orange County Clown Held on $1 Million Bail for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Young Girls

A Huntington Beach man who often worked as a clown on the weekends is being held on $1 Million Bail after prosecutors charged him with sexual assault. According to authorities, the sexual assaults did not occur while he was dressed as a clown. Gualberto Torres-Vargas, 37, was arrested earlier this month on a number of charges including three felony counts of sexual intercourse or sodomy...

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08

Jan 2016

Men arrested in Gang-Related Shooting Held Without Bail

Five alleged gang members were arrested this weekend on suspicion of murder. 36-year-old Eduardo Curiel Molina was found with a gunshot to his upper body near the Ponderosa Joint Use Library in Anaheim on November 14. The five men accused of killing Molina include a 16-year-old boy who is being held at Juvenile Hall. The other men ranging from 18 to 21 are being at...

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06

Jan 2016

American Bail Coalition takes an active role in San Francisco and beyond defending the American Bail System & Surety Bail against baseless attacks

Recently, the Associated Press (AP) released a news piece regarding a lawsuit filed several weeks ago in federal court against the State of California and the City of San Francisco. According to the story, the claims in Buffin v. San Francisco, are challenging the “cash bail” system currently in use in California. While this story suggests the lawsuit challenges all “cash bail” (and by extension...

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04

Jan 2016

Man Impersonating Officer Accused of Fondling Women held on $1 Million Bail

Joseph Christopher Moore, 39, of Anaheim, is being held on $1 million bail after authorities belief that he fondled two women in Hollywood while impersonating an officer. Surveillance video shows Moore carrying a gun prior to assaulting a woman. In one incident the Los Angeles Police Department has reported that Moore approached a woman as she looked for her keys. He then showed her a...

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28

Dec 2015

Former NBA Player Released on Bail After Allegedly Stealing Car

Jeff Adrien, a former star for the UConn Huskies and member of the Minnesota Timberwolves was arrested earlier this month following a “six-hour joy ride” in a vehicle that didn’t belong to him according to TMZ.com. According to police, Adrien was staying at a local Hollywood hotel and waiting outside near the valet stand. When the valet pulled up a Mercedes, which did not belong...

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21

Dec 2015

Laguna Hills Woman Held on $100k Bail after attempting 2nd Car Theft at Same Location

Well, Jennifer Lynn Pollard, 34, is not the brightest little bunny in Laguna Hills or maybe she just doesn’t learn a lesson the first time around. Pollard was arrested on December 2 for allegedly stealing a car from the same Laguna Hills car wash that she had previously stole a vehicle from and was previously arrested on suspicion of auto theft. The previous arrest occurred...

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17

Dec 2015

Former “Mrs. Orange County” held on $100,000 Bail

Meghan Breanna Alt was arrested for allegedly producing and distributing illicit photos of an underage family member earlier this month. She reigned as the 2014 Mrs. Orange County and eventually competed in the Mrs. California Pageant. In addition to the child pornography charges, Alt is believed to have used Craigslist to have sex for money allegedly engaging in these acts in front of her children....

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11

Dec 2015

Fixing a Broken System

A look at Bail Reform in America This is not an article about eliminating bail, but this is an article about bail reform – just not the type of reform you might be thinking. Yes, jails are overcrowded – that is undeniable, but the problem is never going to be solved by eliminating a bail system that has worked for decades at a low cost...

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