Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Is cash only bail legal? Courts to rule...
New York's top court will hear a parolee's challenge to cash-only bail, which his attorney argues violated Shaun McManus' rights and resulted in his illegal detention. When he was arrested, a judge set "cash only" bail at $20,000.He argues that state criminal procedure law requires setting bail in at least two forms, which can include various types of bonds and a credit card.
Lower courts disagreed, saying judges have discretion in setting bail and the law does not mandate two or more forms in every case.