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Judge agrees with motion that Illinois bail statute unconstitutional

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Shelton’s next court date Sept 27, 2017 10am room 506 2600 S California, Chicago.

 Sheriff Dart doing a little far too late about unconstitutional cash bonds. He has no power but is trying to get publicity. He jumps on publicity wagon only when large outcry. He presides over torture at Cook County Jail and gross violation of civil rights including denying access to courts to detainees at Cook County Jail and denial of adequate medical care.

Civil rights group has filed a class action suit for failing to set bond according to ability to pay as required by IL Constitution and U.S. Constitution. download here

On Sept 30, 2015 Judge Cannon in wrongful prosecution case against Dr. Linda Shelton for “touching an officer’s ear and hair” (charged as felony battery with possible 3-14 year sentence), still pending, stated that she agreed with her motion to declare the bail retention clause of the IL bail statute unconstitutional. For details about the case read here.

BUT – Then Judge Cannon illegally stated she was entering and continuing this motion until the end of the case because she said Shelton had no standing to question the statute until the 10% of bond was actually withheld by the court clerk.

The statute is unconstitutional because the court clerk in order to extort money from all defendents, innocent and guilty, charges 10% of the bond (or 1% of the bail) as a fee for the service of processing and holding the money from a bond check. This means the clerk commits fraud by charging vastly disparate amounts for the SAME service. If bail is $300,000, then the clerk’s charge is $3,000, while if the bail is $1000, the clerk’s charge is $10, collected at the time the case is over and bond is returned – minus 10%. [Note: to get out of jail on bond in IL under a “D-bond”, the defendant pays 10% of the bail]

In any other service business, if the business charged different amounts for the same service, this would be criminal fraud.

Then Judge Cannon illegally stated she was entering and continuing this motion until the end of the case because she said Shelton had no standing to question the statute until the 10% of bond was actually withheld by the court clerk.

This is nonsense as the bond $30,000 bond (10% of outrageous $300,000 bail) has already been paid, which means the clerk must withhold 10% of the bond when it is returned at the end of the case.

This holding the decision prevents the state from appealing it directly to the IL Supreme Court until after the case is over.

Read the motion here.

Note: the new bail statute in IL that states in counties where the population is greater than 3 million, then the clerk’s charge can be no larger than $100, the statute is still unconstitutional because there is no fixed rate to bond handling charge. It is unfair to charge $10 to one person and $100 to another for the same service of handling a check and paperwork. That is denial of equal  protection in taking property under different procedures for different people.

 

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