California Judges Must Weigh Ability To Pay Bail, State Supreme Court RulesThe California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that judges must consider suspects’ ability to pay when they set bail, essentially requiring that indigent defendants be freed unless they are deemed too dangerous to be released awaiting trial.
California Court Leaders Consider Cutting Bail To $0 During Coronavirus CrisisCalifornia judicial leaders are expected to adopt a statewide emergency order setting bail at zero for lower-level offenses and suspending evictions and foreclosures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
San Rafael Couple Loses Over $11K In Phone ScamA San Rafael couple lost more than $11,000 Monday in a phone scam that had them fearing their grandson was in jail and needed bail, police said.
Judge Rejects Attempt To Raise Bail Of Ex-Google EngineerA federal judge has rejected a government recommendation that he impose a $10 million bail bond on a former Google engineer who is accused of stealing self-driving car technology before joining Uber's effort to build robotic taxis.
$110 Million Bail 'Corrected And Reduced' For Concord Arcade Robbery SuspectsTwo parolees facing felony charges in connection with the robbery of a Concord arcade who had their combined bail set in excess of $100 million in an apparent clerical error have had that sum reduced.
$110 Million Bail For Concord Arcade Robbery Suspects May Be RecordA pair of parolees who have pleaded not guilty to new felonies associated with a robbery at a Concord mall in May have had their combined bail set in excess of $100 million.
Lawsuit Filed In Alameda Co. Court Accuses Bail Industry Of Keeping Premiums HighA lawsuit filed in a Bay Area courtroom on behalf of bail customers claims surety companies and agents in California conspire to keep premiums high.
2020 Voter Referendum To Challenge New Law Ending Cash BailA historic California law that would replace cash bail with a risk assessment system has been put on hold because a referendum challenging it qualified for the November 2020 ballot.
U.S. Judge Orders Release Of Homeless Man Who Couldn't Pay $330K BailA homeless man who couldn't afford $330,000 bail while awaiting trial on burglary and auto theft charges has been released from a San Francisco jail on the order of a federal judge in the city.
Defendant Cuts Deal In High-Profile 2016 Homicide Involving $35M BailOlivier Adella, one of three suspects in a high-profile 2016 homicide, has agreed to testify against his accomplices and pleaded no contest to charges that he acted as an accessory to murder in exchange for a maximum of three years in jail, San Mateo County prosecutors said Thursday.
California Attorney General Backs Changing Money Bail SystemJudges must consider suspects' ability to pay when they set bail amounts, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday, adding momentum to ongoing talks aimed at finding a better way to make sure suspects show up in court.
18-Year-Old San Francisco Man Charged With Bernal Heights Murder, Held Without BailA San Francisco man arrested in connection with the murder of a man and the serious injury of a woman is being held without bail.
State Appeals Court Ruling Could Change How Bail is Handled in CaliforniaAccording to a ruling from the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco “a defendant may not be imprisoned solely due to poverty.”
Bail Lowered In Bizarre Bodega Bay Assisted Suicide CaseA 64-year-old Petaluma man charged with allegedly assisting his wife's unsuccessful suicide attempts before hanging her from a tree delayed entering a plea in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning.
Mother Of Man Who Killed Deputy In Sacramento Shootout Tries To Save HomeA Sacramento mother who did everything she could to make a life for her adopted son before he went on a shooting rampage in August now faces the loss of her home.