Marisa Lagos, San Francisco, Kqed discussed on Morning Edition


Dangerous kqed's marisa lagos explains where things stand with bill reform including some legal developments in the courts so basically last year we saw some earned the last few years we saw some civil lawsuits filed challenging the constitutionality of bail those are kind of still winding their way through the court system separately the public defender in san francisco decided to essentially start appealing individual bail decisions when he thought bail was set too high or they couldn't they wouldn't set of bail at the local level and what happens is those go to the appellate court and the attorney general's office actually steps in for the district attorney to represent the people in those so normally the attorney general just kind of a rubber stamp cerdan in moves on in the district attorney carries the day exactly but under have you ever sarah who's been attorney general for about a year now they've started really looking at those cases on an individual basis and in fifteen cases since may they've reviewed them in an 11 they decided to agree with a defendant not the prosecutors that basically the lower courts didn't take into consideration things like public safety and the ability to pay and whether this person would show up in court all of which under law they're supposed to look at that significant it's huge and when it's really big is that a judge actually kind of stepped in recently on one these cases and said yeah the lower court needs to take a really strong look at this case this was a 64yearold kenneth humphrey a san francisco resident who basically was accused of stealing a bottle of cologne and anticipating a neighbor he's been in jail uh pretty indigent person under a three hundred fifty thousand dollar bail m n so basically once this order is made permanent in the next week or so this guy could be released but the bigger i think implication is this idea that both judges and prosecutors the attorney general are looking at this and saying you know what we need to like look at this on a casebycase basis and not make blanket assumptions about defendants slowed so normally this is the part of the conversation were ask your woods if the court system how's the mechanism to actually do if people do their jobs thune is there anything needed the state law.

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