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Illinois Is First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

State's top court upholds new law

(Newser) - Illinois became the first state in the nation to eliminate cash bail as a condition of pretrial release from jail on Tuesday when the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionally of the law abolishing it. The 5-2 ruling overturns a Kankakee County judge's opinion in December that the law...

Parents of Oxford Suspect Are Making a Big Ask

James, Jennifer Crumbley say they're 'devastated' about shooting, want bail lowered

(Newser) - The parents of a teenager charged with killing four students at a Michigan high school didn't anticipate he would commit violence and are "devastated" like others in the community, a lawyer said Wednesday in requesting they be granted a lower bond. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with...

Ghislaine Maxwell: Male Predators Weren't Denied Bail

Lawyers want the onetime girfriend of Jeffrey Epstein freed to assist in her defense

(Newser) - Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein didn't have to put up with this, an attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell has told a court. "Wealthy men charged with similar or more serious offenses, many of whom have foreign ties, are routinely granted bail so that they can effectively prepare for trial,...

Ghislaine Maxwell Really Does Not Want to Be in Jail

In 3rd try for bail, Epstein associate's attorneys say she'll give up UK, French citizenships

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell has been in jail since last July, and her trial on charges she aided in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking of minors won't begin until this July. That means she's got at least four months, if not more, to wait things out behind bars—a prospect...

Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Governor signs bill into law

(Newser) - Illinois on Monday became the first state to do away with cash bail. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill into law, and said that piece of the legislation will take the state "from a system of pretrial detention that prioritizes wealth to one that...

WikiLeaks Founder Gets More Bad News

UK judge denies bail to Julian Assange, saying he's a flight risk

(Newser) - A UK judge on Wednesday denied bail to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been jailed in Britain since 2019 as he fights extradition to the US. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered Assange to remain in prison while the courts consider an appeal by US authorities against a decision not...

Judge Rejects Ghislaine Maxwell's $28.5M Bail Bid

Prosecutors say she is still a flight risk

(Newser) - A judge rejected a $28.5 million proposed bail package for Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend Monday, saying her incarceration is necessary to ensure she faces trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for the late financier to sexually abuse. US District Judge Alison J. Nathan in Manhattan rejected the...

Here's How Badly Ghislaine Maxwell Wants Out of Prison

Jeffrey Epstein confidant offers to put up all of her assets for bail

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell wants out of prison and is apparently willing to put up all of her assets to make that happen. The British socialite accused of grooming underage girls for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein asked to be released from confinement in a court filing revealed Monday, claiming she's...

Kyle Rittenhouse Posts $2M Bail, Goes Free

Teenager faces homicide charges in Kenosha shootings

(Newser) - A 17-year-old from Illinois who is charged with killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin, and whose case has become a rallying cry for some conservatives, posted $2 million bail Friday and was released from custody. Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and...

Teen Facing Life for Killing Abuser Gets a Break

Community groups raise $400K to get Chrystul Kizer out of jail

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen held in jail for two years for the murder of her alleged sex trafficker has been released on bail after $400,000 was raised by groups including the Milwaukee Freedom Fund. The fund worked with the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Chicago Community Bond Fund, and the national...

'Minnesota Freedom Fund' Reels After Getting $30M

The nonprofit is suddenly flush and under a microscope

(Newser) - A small nonprofit is feeling the heat after receiving more than $30 million in the wake of George Floyd's death, the New York Times reports. The Minnesota Freedom Fund—which had only one full-time worker earlier this month—became a popular cause for activist and celebrity donors. Now the...

Romance Novelist Allegedly Killed Husband for Money

Court documents say Nancy Brophy had taken out life insurance policies on her husband

(Newser) - Nancy Crampton Brophy was charged with murder in September 2018 in connection with her chef husband's death. Days after her arraignment, it emerged that the 68-year-old romance novelist had published a 700-word essay online in 2011 called "How to Murder Your Husband." In it, she gave five...

Woman Arrested After Paying Bail With Smelly Cash

It had a 'strong odor of marijuana,' police say

(Newser) - A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate's bail had a "strong odor of marijuana." Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to...

Prosecutor: Weinstein Messed With Ankle Monitor

Weinstein's attorney says it was tech 'glitches' that caused him to fall off radar for hours

(Newser) - Some people don't like the fact that Harvey Weinstein is out from behind bars while he awaits his January trial on rape and sexual assault charges. Now, a New York City prosecutor wants to make the disgraced movie producer's release conditions more onerous, asking a judge to increase...

He Skipped Bail 7 Years Ago. Now, Assange Hears His Fate

WikiLeaks founder sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for trying to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012

(Newser) - Raising a fist in the air as he arrived, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered a London courtroom Wednesday to find out his fate for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid getting extradited to Sweden over rape allegations , reports Al Jazeera . That fate: nearly a year in jail. The 50-week sentence...

R. Kelly Is Out
R. Kelly Is Out

R. Kelly Is Out

Someone makes the R&B singer's child support payment

(Newser) - R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support, the AP reports. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire...

Meng Wanzhou Freed on $7.5M Bail
Meng Wanzhou
Freed on $7.5M Bail

Meng Wanzhou Freed on $7.5M Bail

She has agreed to pay for 24/7 surveillance

(Newser) - Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou walked free from a Vancouver courthouse Tuesday night after a bail hearing that lasted three days. She was released on bail of $10 million Canadian—around $7.5 million American—after BC Supreme Court Justice William Ehrcke decided the bail terms were enough to "offset...

Jailed Banker's Wife Could Be Forced to Join Him

Zamira Hajiyeva fighting extradition to Azerbaijan over embezzlement allegations

(Newser) - A woman from Azerbaijan whose fortune has been targeted by British authorities under anti-corruption laws was freed on bail Thursday while she battles extradition to her homeland over embezzlement allegations. Zamira Hajiyeva is the first person to be subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, a measure introduced this year in...

California to End Bail, ACLU Not a Fan of How

State is replacing it with 'murky' risk-assessment system

(Newser) - California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial and replace it with a still murky risk-assessment system under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, reports the AP . Brown's signature gives the state's judicial council broad authority to reshape pretrial detention policies...

Documents Detail More Allegations Against Allison Mack

Actress allegedly received 'financial benefits [and] financial opportunities' for her role in cult-like group

(Newser) - Allison Mack, the Smallville star fighting sex trafficking charges after being accused of helping run a cult-like "self-help" group, received somewhat of a reprieve Tuesday from a federal judge, who agreed to let Mack be released to her parents' custody on a $5 million bond, NBC News and CNN...

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