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  •  she did? (0+ / 0-)

    I know how the system works, so please explain the circumstances of that case.  Are you saying that the DA's office recommendation (which I would agree she was responsible for if she was DA at the time) for bail or for sentancing was "to let the cop off on his own recognizance"?

    Either way, the DA's office does not decide, the Judge does, both in terms of bail and sentancing, so if a Judge went along with such a recommendation, I have a feeling there is more to it.

    So here is an idea:  let's not further the Boston Herald spin on everything.

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    by Joes username on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 02:40:46 AM PST

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    •  There was no danger of him not showing. (0+ / 0-)

      There was no argument made for cash bail b/c the defendant was not a flight risk.  He had strong ties to the community, held a job, etc.  Since the purpose of bail is to make sure the defendant shows up (which he did, at all court dates), there was no reason to ask for bail. Bail is never intended to be a punishment (and nor should it be), though there is often that perception, I think.

      As to why there was no dangerousness hearing, apparently the DA's office thought there was no reason to suspect another crime (and by all accounts, no other crime was committed, so they were right), so none was requested.  It took about two years from the date of filed charges to sentencing, and there was great outcry that he was free for that time, but that is an issue with the system, not the DA's office.  Criminal courts are backlogged and unless we want to get rid of innocent until proven guilty, that delay happens, even in heinous cases.

      A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future. ~ Leonard Bernstein

      by michstjame on Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 06:01:34 AM PST

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