"Free on bail"? With that many charges, it is no wonder so many people
really don't care if they do drugs and drink and text while driving along
with many other things. Until we get serious and treat these people as the jerks
they are from the beginning, we will continue to read of such stories.
Lets outlaw alcohol, like they want to do with guns.That's fair I
Yes, Eddie, he's free on bail. That is another constitutional right, just
like the Second Amendment rights that are in current focus. "Excessive bail
shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual
punishments inflicted." And appellate courts have ruled that the purpose of
bail is to permit the release of a defendant; not to prevent it. Unless a court
finds that the defendant is likely to flee regardless of conditions of release
or is extremely likely to reoffend while on bail regardless of conditions of
release, he is entitled to bail. The courts and police don't get to pick
and choose which parts of the Constitution they will support and obey.
@ EliyahuNo, the police and courts don't get to decide.....the
attorney's do. Just read about the sweet deal the guys got that caused the
Dump Fire and see what was "dropped" and "suspended" in favor of
not having to go to court. The worse the crime, the more likely to get it
reduced from a plea bargin.
@toosmartforyouPlea bargains, which have to be approved by both the
prosecutors and the Court, have nothing to do with bail. Bail only permits the
release of the defendant prior to trial, and may have stringent conditions of
release that can include, in this case, regular blood-alcohol monitoring,
electronic monitoring, an electronic ignition interlock which requires a driver
to blow in a tube to check for alcohol before the car will start, and anything
else that relates to the crime charged. The State may or may not
offer a plea bargain, depending on the strength of its case, the circumstances
of the crime, the criminal history of the defendant, and the amount of pressure
it is getting from the public. The last factor shouldn't be part of the
decision making process, but it is. In any case, if a plea bargain is offered,
it must still be accepted by the defendant and approved by the court. And, as a
side note, without plea bargaining, our court system would collapse under the
load of cases waiting trial. Bringing everything to trial would be far more
costly than you can imagine.
Wishes for all the best to Ms. Houston. I hope she heals from this horriffic
accident. It is also refreshing to hear a suspect make the comment that he is
basically guilty of all the charges, rather than say he didn't do it, or
try to blame it on some other aspect of his life.Heal fast Keri!!!