September 21, 2012
U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. last week ordered the Obama administration to provide bail hearings for certain immigrants who have been detained in Southern California for more than six months to determine whether their continued detention is warranted. Hatter's decision is a welcome development that could help restore some much-needed fairness to the troubled detention system. We hope the administration accepts the court's ruling. Clearly the federal government has the authority to detain and deport immigrants who violate the law, but it also has a responsibility to ensure that those immigrants are not subject to excessive, prolonged incarceration; they deserve the opportunity to be considered for bail.
June 25, 2012 |
George Zimmerman, who has been in jail for more than three weeks because his bond was revoked, should again be freed on bail to await criminal proceedings on charges that he killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to a defense motion released Monday. Zimmerman, 28, is scheduled for a bail hearing on Friday. His first bail bond of $150,000 was revoked June 1 after prosecutors accused him and his wife of misleading the court about how much money they had raised via donations to a website they controlled.
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February 25, 2012 |
A judge ruled Friday that the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death must remain behind bars while lawyers appeal his case. Dr. Conrad Murray had asked to be released from jail, where he is serving two years for manslaughter, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied the bail motion, saying the physician is a flight risk. "The bottom line is the defense does not have significant property or employment or family ties in the Los Angeles or California area," Pastor said of Murray, a native of the Caribbean who practiced medicine in Nevada and Texas.
January 23, 2012 |
Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom must remain in a New Zealand jail until a judge determines whether the alleged leader of a $175-million criminal conspiracy to pirate copyrighted material is eligible for bail. The German-born Dotcom, who legally changed his name from Schmitz, is scheduled to return to court Wednesday to learn whether the judge will set bail and allow him to return to his mansion, where police seized luxury cars, guns and art in a raid Friday. Dotcom and three other men appeared in court Monday in Albany, a suburb of Auckland, on U.S. criminal charges of copyright infringement and money laundering.
September 24, 2011 |
Suspended Bogota Mayor Samuel Moreno — who is facing corruption charges — was jailed Friday, the latest high-profile Colombian official or former official to be imprisoned for alleged crimes. On trial for allegedly accepting bribes from contractors in return for public works contracts, Moreno, 51, was deemed by the presiding judge to be a flight risk and remanded to the capital's high-security La Picota prison. Moreno, the grandson of Colombian army general and strongman Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, was three years into his term when he was suspended in May by the inspector general to face the charges.
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June 9, 2011 |
A Los Angeles city councilman is calling on federal authorities to investigate why a judge in Puerto Rico granted bail to a Los Angeles homicide suspect who is now on the run. Councilman Paul Krekorian, whose district includes theNorth Hollywood parking lot where 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan was gunned down, said Judge Gloria Maynard's decision to release the teenager's suspected killer is "so disgusting, so absolutely bizarre and inexplicable that...