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Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

Tom Martin - Most minor crimes already have no bail requirements and defendants are release of their own recognizance. But could you please tell us how much the judge should reduce the bail of a suspected child murder if the individual has little or no money? And if the person has no money, does it really matter if a bail of $500,000 is dropped to $250,000? Generally, an individual charged with first degree murder will be held without bond pending trial. Bail is not and never has been based on the "ability to pay". Reasonable bond is not to be denied any defendant; however, what is reasonable depends on the charge and the likelihood someone may flee, not how much money they have.

Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 23, 2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

This bail system is ridiculous. For one thing, a large percentage of murder suspects are guilty, so for our safety, they should not be released on bail, no matter if they can pay millions in bail. Similarly with rape suspects and child molestation suspects. On the other hand, those suspected of minor crimes, misdemeanors, should just be trusted that hopefully they will show up for the trial and not disappear. After all, if they are convicted, they might spend only a few months or a few weeks in prison. Or if we want to keep the bail system, then make it proportionate to the suspect's amount of wealth and amount of income, so even the very poor can afford to pay the bail.

Posted by Tom Martin on July 23, 2017 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?

you worry about being able to raise them to be good men- because you cannot know how. your worries are justified. only a good man can raise a good man. or the cruelties of a world filled with evil can provoke a man to change it. but a woman can never raise a boy to be a good man. she can only raise a boy to be a good boy.

Posted by Mike Commings on July 21, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

"How could 30 days of a human life be equal to $500 to our government?"

"We...make contracts with companies to sell our lives on an hourly basis."

"the government mirrors federal standards and says human lives are worth at least $7.25 per hour."

"the trouble with reducing the value of human lives to a minimum dollar amount does not stop at the debate over idealism versus the "real world.""

I've heard my fair share of Marxist proletariat claptrap, but never so clumsily expressed. In what world of yours does the US or SC governments determine or dictate human value? We're not in Iran nor some banana republic. You rise or fall on your own individual choices, merits, and endeavors in this society, and you determine your own value. I also doubt you have any police friends.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on July 20, 2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

He is just a token race baiter for the CCP. If he was a real journalist he wouldn't write for the city paper. If he wrote anything other than crazy theories on race they wouldn't keep him on.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on July 20, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Higher police wages could reduce unjust interactions with minorities

As usual you throw out hair-brained statements without understanding why something as simple as a litter laws are in place. $500 fine or 30 days? You're confusing the loss of a persons time with somehow the government placing value on human life. (You have choices, litter or not, pay a fine or waste 30 days). But what can be expected from someone who views everything through the lens of social justice warrior glasses and hears dog whistles everywhere?

As for Mr. Wrights case, high bail is typical with those charged with 1st degree child murder. Are you seriously suggesting that we significant reduce or eliminate bail for those charged with the same or similar offenses? Or on the reverse, perhaps eliminate the bail altogether for everyone? Reasonable bail as a proven and reliable method of securing defendants show up in court goes back 2000 years, but then I assumed you knew that, the rest of us do. And, if as you say, the police were negligent in clearing Mr. Wright of these charges in a timely manner, we have a healthy civil court system which will rectify the situation significantly in his favor.

More importantly, in what seems to be the norm with your opinion pieces, you throw out mindlessly theories unsubstantiated by facts, without attempting to think through what you've written. I initially though it was purposeful, now I realize its just ignorance. While we all can agree that police should get better pay, I find your schizophrenic lurches in editorializing bizarre. Last week you were screeching about a racial motivated crime committed by a poorly trained, over reacting Hispanic Minnesota cop who killed a black motorist and linked it to the actions of Confederate neo-secessionists, this week you're theorizing that if that same officer had just a little more jingle in his pocket he would have enforce the law better. You have to be one of the most manic, inconsistent, scatter-shot writers that I've ever read.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on July 19, 2017 at 1:14 PM
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