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.
McManus argues the Legislature intended to make it easier for defendants to post bail.

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