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May 2018

Golden State Killer Suspect Held without Bail

Authorities allege that Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, raped and murdered at least a dozen people.  Once believed to be one of ‘California’s most elusive serial killers,’ DeAngelo was arrested last month after law enforcement found additional evidence linking him to the crimes.  DeAngelo who was originally arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder was recently charged with an additional four murder counts.  He is...

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May 2018

Tony Rackauckas offers blistering report against bail reform

Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas didn’t mince words in his recent op-ed for the Orange County Register.  Radical bail changes bad for California sites two major cases that have garnered national attention, the tragic murder of college student Blaze Bernstein and the Louise and David Turpin “house of horrors” where the couple stands accused of torturing their 13 children.  Defendants in both cases had...

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Apr 2018

Smallville Actress Released on $5 Million Bail

Allison Mack, best known for her role on Smallville as Chloe Sullivan, was released on $5 million bond.  Mack is currently awaiting trial for her alleged involvement in a sex cult.  In addition to posting the bond she was ordered to undergo electronic monitoring.  Mack will be confined to house arrest in her parent’s Los Alamitos home.  Mack was indicted by federal prosecutors for multiple...

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Apr 2018

Florida Rejects Bail Reform Legislation

Earlier this year, the Florida legislature rejected bail reform legislation that would have eliminated the state’s cash bail system.  Senate Bills 484, 1218 and 1392 opted to replace the current bail system with risk assessment programs similar to New Jersey and New Mexico.  The risk assessment programs work off of an algorithm designed to predict the likelihood that a defendant will be a risk to...

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Apr 2018

New Jersey Bail Reform Repeat Offenders

Bail reform has become one of the hottest topics of 2018.  With many people questioning the inequities in the criminal justice system, some have decided that a complete overhaul of the bail system will magically fix problems that run rampant throughout the country and have little to do with the actual bail system.  New Jersey implemented bail reform on January 1, 2017 under the Bail...

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Apr 2018

Bail Reform fails to consider Victims’ Rights

Bail reform is one of the hot topics across the country right now.  In trying to address problems in the criminal justice system, some have opted for eliminating the current bail system without a full understanding of who bail protects and why it was established in the first place.  Bail has been around for centuries, with roots in the Middle Ages and the Habeas Corpus...

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Mar 2018

Former Stockton Mayor out on Bail

Stockton’s former Mayor Anthony Silva was released on bail in the early hours of the morning Friday, March 23, 2018.  According to authorities, he was arrested for allegedly violating the terms of his probation by possessing an AR-15-type automatic rifle.  The embattled Mayor was on probation for providing alcohol to persons under the age of 21 but over the age of 18.  As a condition...

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Mar 2018

Defending The Cash Bail System at UCLA Law School

Recently I appeared on a panel at UCLA law school for a symposium on the  status of  Bail Reform in California and Nationwide  There have been some landmark cases recently in the US challenging our current national bail system, here in California it has been the  People vs. Humphrey ruling in San Francisco.   Because this topic is so hot, it was the theme of...

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Mar 2018

The Real Story behind California’s “Game-Changing” Bail Case

Today’s headlines are flooded with bail reform stories.  Recently the Attorney General declined to appeal a San Francisco judge’s decision to release a defendant on his own recognizance after he had been held on $350k bail.  According to the headlines, the defendant was being held on an egregious amount of money when he stole an insignificant amount.  What the headlines do not tell you is...

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Mar 2018

Oversight guaranteed for Pre-trial Release Programs

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Citizens’ Right to Know Act (H.R. 2152) guaranteeing oversight of pre-trial release programs.  The Act, sponsored by Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas), requires pre-trial release programs to provide Congress with information on how federal funds and grants are being used.  Pre-trial services across the nation receive a significant amount of money from the federal government.  The Act will ensure that...

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