Stories tagged: bail
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 2:16 p.m.
Official: $4 billion bond meant as jab at trend of exorbitant bonds
A Texas court official says the $4 billion bond she imposed on a suspect was meant as a jab to highlight that bonds are often set so high that defendants …
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
Jury duty threats are a scam to steal money
The sheriff’s office had a warrant for Shirley Merritt’s arrest, the man on the line told her, and she needed to fork over what sounded like bond or fine money, …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, midnight
Outside View: It’s time to rethink bail
A key precept of the American justice system is that a defendant’s wealth or poverty has no bearing on his treatment or his ability to mount a defense. The bail …
Thu., May 5, 2016, 9:04 a.m.
Get granny’s money: Oregon woman plots burglary to get bail money, police say
Police say a Grants Pass woman solicited people to burglarize her grandmother’s house as she tried to raise bail money to get out of jail, where she was being held …
Sat., April 9, 2016, midnight
Amy Goodman: Domestic violence victims who stand their ground punished
When domestic violence victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized: first by their abuser, then at the hands of the criminal justice system
Fri., March 18, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Bail revoked for prep school grad, who’s taken into custody
A graduate of a New England prep school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a younger student was taken into custody Friday after acknowledging that he violated conditions of his …
Mon., Sept. 30, 2013, 10:14 a.m.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office warns about bail bond scam
A Liberty Lake man lost nearly $2,000 over the weekend in a phone scam where a caller claiming to be a police officer in New York asked for bail to …
Sun., Aug. 29, 2010, midnight
Lower bail for crime suspects hurts bond businesses
Getting out of jail in Spokane County is getting cheaper. After years of inmate overcrowding and a push by the county to streamline the judicial system, prosecutors, defense lawyers and …
Tue., March 9, 2010, midnight
Bail denial issue will be on ballot in fall
The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a constitutional amendment that would give judges more power in denying bail.
Thu., Jan. 7, 2010, midnight
Police killings spark call to action
OLYMPIA – Judges should be able to deny bail to criminal suspects who are thought to be “inherently dangerous” to the public, Gov. Chris Gregoire and representatives of the state’s …
Tue., Dec. 29, 2009, midnight
Editorial: Don’t toss rights out in reaction to shootings
Several Western Washington lawmakers have made it a goal of the 2010 legislative session to prevent certain criminal suspects from being released while they await trial. The lawmakers’ determination is …