The function of bail is to guarantee a defendant appears in court, not to enrich the court. Porter Superiori Court Judge Mary Harper sets bail, then immediately discounts the bond by 90 percent! This would make her the criminal’s choice.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a 1981 law and reversed nearly 150 years of precedent by shifting onto prosecutors the burden of proving a defendant accused of murder or treason is not entitled to bail.
JOHANNESBURG | The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is himself facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.
CROWN POINT | Prosecutors on Friday filed a motion with the court seeking a change in bail for 42-year-old Jason Cozmanoff, charged with multiple felonies in a hit-and-run that killed a Lake County jail guard and injured three co-workers.
CROWN POINT | Testifying at a bail hearing Thursday, Dr. Young Kim, of the Lake County coroner's office, told the court the remains of slain Christian Choate weighed a mere 28 pounds.
CROWN POINT | Bail is being sought for a 16-year-old Merrillville boy charged in the July 6 slaying of an 80-year-old Gary teacher.
Bail is used to release individuals until they show up at trial. Granting or denying bail is not to be used for punishment for crimes that have not yet been tried.
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