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$2 million bail is not enough

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A volunteer children's advocate has been arrested for molesting children.  Doesn't that make you sick?  I'm usually not one to convict someone after reading a few newspaper articles, since everyone has a right to be tried by a jury, but this piece of garbage videotaped his acts of perversion with children as young as 3 years old!   He also took videos of sex with unconscious women whom he apparently drugged.  How did a serial rapist become a Court Appointed Special Advocate?

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5808404.html

http://www.star-telegram.com/448/story/669462.html

When someone is accused of murder, he/she is often held without bail.  So, although it's unlikely this man will raise $2 million, I wish the judge had made a statement.  That is, we don't want people like this in society.

I'm not a lawyer (obviously) so can anyone tell me if the law limits the amount of bail a judge can set and if bail can be denied at a judge's discretion?

How did this man pass a background check?   

Sorry - it's 1AM, I'm tired and just so darn sick of reading about these maggots.

Entry #145

Comments

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Rick GComment by Rick G - May 30, 2008, 9:16 am
$2 million bail on a non-murder charge is about as high as it's gonna get. Bail is usually denied based more on flight risk than the nature of the crime.

Luckily he was stupid enough to videotape his maggotry...his will definitely be "hard" time.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - May 30, 2008, 5:08 pm
I understand that other convicts in prison have a very low tolerance of someone who commits a crime of this nature.
He will get hard time alright when convicted.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - May 30, 2008, 7:32 pm
I've heard the same thing over and over for years, but I wonder if it's an urban legend. I've never seen any evidence to back up the fact that a sex offender is roughed up or treated any more harshly than any other convict. Of course, I don't know a lot of people who have done time, so I can't ask anyone personally. I've seen lots of bad guys in prison movies and guards who are merciless like in the Shawshank Redemption, one of my favorite movies. But I wonder if Hollywood has used poetic license to create these characters. Would a child molester be treated any worse than someone like Timothy McVeigh, for example?   Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in prison and so was Albert De Salvo, although when his body was exhumed a few years ago, DNA showed he probably wasn't the real Boston Strangler.

Anyway, I am not vindictive and if this man gets raped in prison, it won't give the children back their innocence anyway. I think to make sure these creeps don't repeat, they should be surgically altered. (did I say I wasn't vindictive?)

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Rick GComment by Rick G - May 31, 2008, 11:23 am
Nancy, it's no urban legend. Child molesters are "fair game" in prison. You would think that several years of being beaten and raped in prison would serve as a deterrent for repeat behavior, but many are released and repeat. My theory is that they like the treatment they receive in prison (masochists with a latent homosexual bend). For that reason repeat offenders of these crimes should get longer sentences.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - May 31, 2008, 11:25 am
McVeigh was in federal prison and kept in solitary confinement. Very different than state prison in general population.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - May 31, 2008, 12:20 pm
Time*treat, I was only using him as an example of a more heinous crime (if that's possible) since children in the Day Care Center were killed by the bombing.
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DC81Comment by DC81 - July 14, 2008, 8:38 am
Unfortunately that 2 million usually only really means he would have to come up with $200,000 since I think you only need to cover 10% of it to get out. Anyway, rapist and especially child molesters/rapist really are an unpopular sort MSNBC even aired something about it a couple days ago regarding the "convict code" or something like that and how those types usually have to be kept away from the other prisoners because if they don't end up getting it themselves they end up getting shanked or killed in some other way.

*Realizes he's responding to a entry over a month old.*

D'oh!

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