The Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution commands that no person shall be held on excessive bail. Michigan’s statute and court rules repeat that refrain. No excessive bail. Yet how do you define excessive? How is the process to bail people out? How is it abused? Is it fair?
In this episode, I describe this process including a recent horrible experience that I had on a holiday. The system failed – short circuited. Listen in. I want you to hear the story, understand how these hearings are misused and why cash bond is a dangerous tool to give a magistrate who knows nearly nothing about the case or the accused.