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Wed Apr 29, 2015, 08:46 PM

Baltimore imposes bail bonds of half a million dollars in legal crackdown

Republican governor extends 24-hour detention-without-charge limit ‘to protect public safety’ while courts impose sky-high bail bonds for minor offences"


Baltimore’s under-fire criminal justice system risked antagonising its already seething local community on Wednesday by suspending legal procedures and imposing bail bonds of up to half a million dollars on the city’s most impoverished residents.

In one especially stark case, a 19-year-old charged with eight offences allegedly committed on Saturday, including riot, theft and disorderly conduct, was set a bail of $500,000. Court records show the defendant, a black man, was sent to jail after failing to produce the funds."

Meanwhile, most of the 235 people arrested during riots and protests in the past week still have not been charged, after Maryland’s new Republican governor, Larry Hogan, effectively suspended the state’s habeas corpus law – which limits detention without charge to 24 hours – in a move he said was “necessary to protect the public safety”.

*The attorney said three of Baltimore city’s district courts – which would ordinarily have shared the load of cases – were closed for no apparent reason. She reacted angrily to Hogan’s unilateral interference in detention-without-charge rules.

“The fact they have rescinded this rule, which was introduced specifically to protect citizens from being screwed over, is insane,” she said. “But it’s business as usual for Baltimore. The justice system in this city is broken. This situation to me is the story of how Baltimore works.”

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/29/baltimore-justice-system-protests-curfew

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Reply Baltimore imposes bail bonds of half a million dollars in legal crackdown (Original post)
damnedifIknow Apr 2015 OP
AuntPatsy Apr 2015 #1
bravenak Apr 2015 #2
elleng Apr 2015 #3
FSogol Apr 2015 #4
951-Riverside Apr 2015 #7
elleng Apr 2015 #10
dixiegrrrrl Apr 2015 #5
JonLP24 Apr 2015 #6
Vattel Apr 2015 #8
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2015 #9
Kip Humphrey Apr 2015 #11
asiliveandbreathe Apr 2015 #12
bbgrunt Apr 2015 #13

Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 08:48 PM

1. Criminal!

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 08:49 PM

2. Those bail amounts seem illegal.

 

They should sue.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 08:49 PM

3. Heard on MSNBC a few minutes ago that many who were arrested have been released,

'pending' further action.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 09:59 PM

7. 80 out of 250? ...How gracious of them

 

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Response to 951-Riverside (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:17 PM

10. I did not say 80 out of 250,

I heard no numbers.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 09:40 PM

5. It's going to be a long hot summer in a lot of places.

Tonight there are solidarity protests in West Coast cities,and in New York.

There have been demonstrations non-stop since Ferguson, all over the country.

And despite what history tells us, Baltimore is doubling down on the stupid, with these illegal arrests.
That is gonna bite 'em big time.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 09:44 PM

6. You have to be kidding $500,000

and we can't figure out why they riot.

Detaining people without a charge is nothing new in Baltimore, hell what charge did they have on Freddie Gray? Ridiculous, credit The Guardian for focusing on what is important.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:03 PM

8. Typical. The times when we need our rights to protect us, the govt takes them away.

 

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:05 PM

9. corrupt city

 

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 10:57 PM

11. and so, the cruelty and suppression begin... the Detroidation of Baltimore continues...

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 11:32 PM

12. Wow! - Just WOW! They really think this is the answer - this is only going to

ignite an already burning fire....and the recent report that Gray injured himself..which is total BS...my my my - hold on folks...this is not the 60s and 70s where news traveled slowly...so many are asking for peace...but seems those on high just keep feeding the fire...

The politicians have no one to blame but themselves.....

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Response to asiliveandbreathe (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 29, 2015, 11:53 PM

13. It's the plan. They are trying to incite violence.

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