Prosecutorial Misconduct, Orange County, California discussed on Morning Edition

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In a salons bathroom while to crash shot and killed his best friend laura wet on the other side of the door i want you to know that i am haunted by the whisper of her last to cry apologize to the victims in court saying he wished he could turn back time last month orange county judge thomas klestil's ruled out the death penalty for decry because of prosecutorial misconduct during the crisis sentencing coastal told victim's families that orange county's criminal justice system had largely failed them for the california your report i'm joe wrecked level in orange county the two democratic lawmakers who have been pushing for reforms to california's bay all system are now looking for a peek behind the curtain and how the bill industry operates kqed's marisa lagos reports assemblyman rabhan too and senator bob hertzberg still think bail punishes people for being poor and they still want to fundamentally change how california decides whether to let people accused of crimes out of jail before their trial but with that legislation on hold until next year there now also looking to learn more about the insurance companies that work with bailbond agents hertzberg says the more he's learned about bail the more questions he has a people being gouged is the government created monopolies creating these crazy prices before we go any further here's a little background when someone in california is arrested and charged with a crime a judge often sets a bail amount they must pay in order to get out of jail if the defendant doesn't have the money they can pay a fee to a bailbond agent who essentially promises the court they'll pay the full bail amount if the defendants gifts out on court those bail agents are backed by insurance companies hertzberg in bonte say they want to know more about those under the radar insurance companies they wrote a bill that would require more over site of both bail agents and charity companies and asked the department of insurance to steady the industry geoff clayton represents the insurance companies he's a lobbyist for the american bail coalition and he says he's baffled by the bell we already do a lot of stuff it's an spill we audit our aging regularly elise annually or required.

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