Richmond Defendant’s Release On Book Reports Overturned

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RICHMOND (CBS / AP) — An appeals court has overturned a judge’s decision to release a defendant in a Richmond sting operation on the condition that he write book reports.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals in San Francisco said last week there were significant findings in favor of keeping 23-year-old Otis Mobley behind bars while he awaits trial.

The decision overturned a May ruling by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Rogers ordered Mobley’s release on the grounds that he spend an hour every day on books and at least a half an hour writing. Prosecutors had appealed the decision.

Mobley and two others are accused of trying to rob undercover federal agents in Richmond after arranging to sell them a grenade launcher. One of Mobley’s co-defendants was shot and wounded during the alleged robbery.

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