California bail overhaul plan would limit release of sex crime suspects
People arrested on suspicion of crimes that would require them to register as sex offenders would need a judge's approval to leave jail while awaiting trial under a change to the state's new landmark law ending bail. State senators voted Wednesday to send the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown, just a day after Brown signed the law that will make California the first state to end bail in October 2019. In the place of bail, judges and county officials will determine whether to release suspects before trial based on the likelihood they'll return to court and the degree of danger they pose to the public.
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Clustered near county jail and the courthouse, San Diego bail bond agencies sit at the intersection of crime and punishment, ready to play their part in the criminal justice system by helping people avoid incarceration while they await trial. They are, by their own accounts, the unsung heroes of the accused.
Now it's their turn to appeal to a higher power.
Last week Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed into law Senate Bill 10, effectively eliminating cash bail and the niche industry surrounding it, valued at $2 billion annually in the U.S. California-specific revenue is hard to pin down, but Aladdin Bail Bonds, one of the nation's largest bail bond companies, is based in Carlsbad and is expected to pull in $14.4 million in 2018 U.S. revenue, according to research outfit IBISWorld.
Man denied bail after charged with running over girlfriend
A suburban Chicago man charged with attempted murder after allegedly running his girlfriend over with his vehicle will remain locked up after a judge refused to allow him to post bail. The DuPage County State's Attorney's office says that Judge Brian Telander issued his ruling ordering 47-year-old Jose Aguirre of Cicero to remain in jail ata hearing on Wednesday.The DuPage County State's Attorney's office says that Judge Brian Telander issued his ruling ordering 47-year-old Jose Aguirre of Cicero to remain in jail at a hearing on Wednesday.
In California , a ' sentencing hearing' takes place after a defendant is convicted of a criminal charge. ("After conviction of an offense not punishable with death , a defendant who has made application for probation or who has appealed may be admitted to bail : 1. As a matter of right, before judgment is
Bail bondsmen (also called bail agents ) post your bail in exchange for a non-refundable premium (which California law sets at a maximum 10%). ("If a defendant is arrested without a warrant for a bailable felony offense or for the misdemeanor offense of violating a domestic violence restraining
Ultimately, the new law aims to level the playing field for rich and poor, ensuring that those who are detained ahead of trial are in custody because they need to be, not because they don't have the money to get out, said bill author Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys.
There are other victims though.
"It would put us out of business completely," said George "Junior" Stahlman III, whose local bail bond business, King Stahlman Bail Bonds, was established by his father, the late George "King" Stahlman, in 1954. You've surely heard its famous jingle, "It's better to know me and not need me than to need me and not know me."
"We're a mom and pop store - a San Diego family business."
Currently, judges in California set bail for defendants, or a fixed amount that must be deposited with the court to ensure someone charged with a felony, and a misdemeanor in special cases, returns for court hearings and trial. If the defendant cannot post the entire bail, the court will accept a promise by a bail bond agency to pay the entire amount. The defendant then must pay a non-refundable premium to the agency in question, which is typically around 10 percent, and also promise to pay the full amount if he or she doesn't appear as directed.
Danish submarine killer launches appeal against life sentence
Danish inventor Peter Madsen appeared in court on Wednesday to appeal against a life sentence handed to him for murdering and dismembering a Swedish journalist on board his home-made submarine. Madsen was found guilty in April of murdering and mutilating 30-year-old Kim Wall on the craft in Copenhagen harbor in 2017.His lawyers said he would not appeal against the conviction and the Eastern High Court will only rule on the decision to give him a life sentence - which typically lasts for around 15 years in Denmark.The court verdict is due on Sept 14.Wall was interviewing Madsen for the U.S.
California woman accused of murder released after friends raise m bail . The case dragged on, and Warren missed a court date last year due to his mother’s death , according to Camacho. Defendants too poor to pay bail face huge disadvantages throughout the process.
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Under the new "pretrial risk assessment" system, which goes into effect on Oct. 1 of next year, people arrested on most misdemeanor charges will be automatically booked and released. Everyone else will be graded by a "validated risk assessment tool" - aka computer software - that scores a person's likelihood to return to court, and whether or not the person is a threat to public safety. Those deemed by the tool to be "low risk" or "medium risk" will be released after making a written promise to return to the court - with money no longer a factor in the process. Higher risk individuals, meanwhile, may or may not be released with supervision, via tracking devices paid for by taxpayers, following a prevention detention hearing.
Convicted killer won't face death sentence for third death
Prosecutors won't seek the death penalty for a Missouri man who previously served about 17 years in prison for two killings and is now charged with a third. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's part of a deal in which Harry Little Sr. waived his right to a jury trial. Little, who's 66, is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2014 stabbing and shooting of his longtime girlfriend Sylvia Brown.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it's part of a deal in which Harry Little Sr. waived his right to a jury trial and agreed to let a judge decide the case. Little, who's 66, is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2014 stabbing and shooting of his longtime girlfriend, Sylvia Brown.
Following Schellenberg's death sentence , Canada has updated its travel advice for China, urging citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution due to the risk of She was granted bail by a Canadian court several days later but remains under constant surveillance and must wear an electronic ankle tag.
California Penal Code 1269b(c) – It is the duty of the superior court judges in each county to prepare, adopt, and annually revise a uniform countywide schedule of bail for all bailable felony offenses and for all misdemeanor and infraction offenses except Vehicle Code infractions. The penalty schedule for
A referendum drive, launched by a coalition of agencies and supported by bail agents, aims to stop the law from being enacted before the public can weigh in, which would be during the November 2020 election. But, as it stands, the 2,795 licensed bail bondsmen and bondswomen of California, 265 of whom call San Diego County home, need to think about finding a new career.
"I stand to lose a business that I built from nothing," said Wendy Zamutt, the owner of the San Diego-based Bail Bond Woman agency and a licensed agent since 1996.
"Am I sad? I'm very sad. I'm not sad for Wendy, the bail bondwoman. I'm sad for California, because we're going to lose our Eighth Amendment right to bail."
Zamutt, who sold pagers before entering the bail services business in the mid-90s, speaks of her role in the justice system as one mostly misunderstood by the public. She's not a vulture, preying on people when they're down and out. Rather, in her eyes, she's a friend with a shoulder to cry on and a bank account that guarantees a loved one's release.
"I'm here to rescue you," she said.
Zamutt meets her clients directly at jail while they're still in custody - so they don't have to be seen going into a bail bonds office. She helps them locate phone numbers for family members, which most people don't have memorized in the age of smartphones. And she provides hugs when needed, because her clients are often scared and alone.
States urge appeal hearing in case of Kennedy cousin Skakel
HARTFORD, Conn. — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case and reinstate his conviction. The states filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday. The court is deciding whether to take up the appeal.The Connecticut Supreme Court in May vacated Skakel's conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers. The 4-3 majority said Skakel's trial lawyer failed to contact an alibi witness.
Twenty-nine-year-old Clinton Thinn was arrested in California after allegedly trying to rob a bank. He is reported to have gone into the Chula Vista bank and Thinn has not entered any plea and he isn't eligible for bail . If convicted he could face the death penalty. Fairfax reports his friend, Chris Sims, as
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"People are treated very badly when they're arrested," Zamutt said. "But just because you were arrested doesn't mean you need to be treated like a criminal."
It's a flowery version of the surety bond system, for sure, but Zamutt's glowing Yelp reviews back up her assertions. Plus, she touts a 100 percent return rate, meaning she makes sure her clients return to court as ordered, and she doesn't need to keep a bounty hunter on staff.
Whether sweet or sour in approach, Zamutt, Stahlman and other bail agents argue that they do what counties cannot; they get people to show up for court.
"The law will put tens of thousands of criminals back out on the streets," said Jeffrey Stanley, a one-time mortgage banker who started his own company, Bad Boys Bail Bonds, 20 years ago. "I think it was irresponsible of the legislature to pass this bill."
Hertzberg, he said, is ignorant of the work it takes to get someone charged with a crime to show up for court appearances. A friendly reminder won't cut it. Nor will counties have the police manpower and financial resources to pick up defendants who fail to appear, Stanley said.
It's the classic argument that private enterprise can do better than government - because money is on the line.
"I would be out of business if my clients didn't show up to court," he said.
Death sentence for ex-doctor who killed 4 people in Nebraska
A former doctor convicted in the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school was sentenced Friday to death.A three-judge panel handed down the sentence against Anthony Garcia, 45, of Terre Haute, Indiana. The judges, who heard arguments earlier this year during the sentencing phase of Garcia's trial, also had the option of sentencing him to life in prison.Garcia was convicted in two attacks that occurred five years apart on families connected to Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, where Garcia once worked.Investigators said that in 2008, Garcia fatally stabbed 11-year-old Thomas Hunter, the son of university faculty member Dr.
Understanding the role of bail bond agents will help you make the right decision if you find yourself arrested on criminal charges. The bail agent is responsible for bond payment in the event a defendant fails to appear and can't be located. Typically, bail bondsmen have arrangements with local
How a private schoolboy facing death sentence in the U.S. went there to pursue a rap career after his friends 'led him on' about his talent - and was living off his late mother's inheritance. Clinton Thinn, 29, was arrested in California after botched bank robbery. The aspiring rapper has been in a maximum
"I employ 19 full-time investigators that help make sure (defendants) go to court," Stanley added. "If someone misses court, we don't put a warrant into the system. We put them into custody. ... We spend $2.1 million a year ... on recovery, locating individuals."
Whether counties across the state can match the bail agents' court return rates - Stanley says he has a 99.8 percent success rate - remains to be determined. The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, where cash bail is a thing of the distant past, asserts that 90 percent of released defendants made all scheduled court appearances in 2015. The federal agency, however, comes with an annual cost of more than $60 million, according to its budget reports.
Because of the state's size, California taxpayers can expect to spend billions in dollars to fund these kinds of pretrial services, the bail agents argue. And because money is at the heart of the matter, they also challenge the idea that money bail discriminates against poor people, claiming it's just political rhetoric.
"I can see why people would think that," Junior, the acting "King" Stahlman, said. "But there's a false narrative spread by the people who created this bill. They act like people are languishing in jail because they can't afford to bail out.
Most people don't know this, but bail bond companies don't charge 10 percent anymore. They can charge up to 10 percent, but most of the time it's way under that. There's a lot of negotiation that goes on depending on what they can afford."
The most common offenses he sees are cases of driving under the influence, which only require a $2,500 bail. That means the defendant would pay at most $250 to secure his or her release. And most times, Stahlman said, the defendant or a family member would make a $50 down payment.
Agree or disagree, the argument is moot - so long as the state law stands.
That means people like Gloria Mitchell, the volunteer president of the California Bail Agents Association and the owner of Gloria Mitchell Bail Bonds in Pomona, must abandon businesses that have often been handed down from generation to generation. Two decades ago, Mitchell took over the family business after her mother died of cancer. Now her two daughters are helping out.
"It's very disheartening that the governor did not stand up to Senate Bill 10," she said.
Hertzberg, of course, argues otherwise.
"Our job in California is to make sure people are treated fairly, not to protect one industry over another."
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Higher court greenlights Houston death row inmate's appeal .
A Texas appeals court has bounced back to a lower court the case of a Harris County man on death row, after forensic evidence showed he never committed a second slaying he was accused of in court. Ronald James Hamilton was sentenced to die 16 years ago for the 2001 killing of Ismail Matalkah during a convenience store robbery. In a rare move, he pleaded guilty to the crime - and instead focused on begging the jury for a life sentence during the punishment phase of trial.