Ask Joe: Why did a judge bother setting bail for inmate attacker ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 9/26/2013 6:53 pm
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question tonight about bail  for a crime that occurred inside the Carson City Jail.

Jack wrote in asking why a judge set bail for the Carson City inmate charged with assaulting another inmate?   Does that mean he can get out of jail if he posts bail?  Jack adds if so, this world is truly nuts!

I checked with the booking deparment at the jail about this.
Eduardo Reyes is charged with assault for hitting another inmate over the head with a mop bucket during a fight.  He's due in court next week.   And yes, his bail was set at 30 thousand dollars.   That's because anytime there are new charges there is a bail schedule that goes along with those charges.

Reyes was in custody on several drug charges and his bail had been set at about 10 thousand dollars for those charges.    If he can raise the money he can post bail on the original charges and get out.  This way,  now that he's charged with another more serious crime, he has an additional higher bail amount which will make it tougher for him to get out.
That's the reason for adding a new bail amount even though he's already in jail.

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NVWatch Dog - 9/27/2013 10:18 AM
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In my case, State v Robben (process server who was hit by NDOR Director Susan Martinovich) the Carson City judge Tatro had an ex parte bail hearing and raised my bail to $500,000.00 dollars, I was not in jail and no "new" charges were filed against me. The is excessive bail, retaliation and an abuse of power. I was arrested, car impounded and put in jail or over a week. There are major problems and corruption in the Carson city court under corrupt judge Tatro. As far as this inmate attacking another inmate and causing harm, the new charge of assault, battery is appropriate - but in my case there was no new charge or violation of an existing charge.

DvT Hex - 9/26/2013 9:06 PM
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Joe, your answer omitted the most important aspect of the question: the purpose of bail. The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty, regardless of anyone's (especially a third party such as the person asking this question) perception of the seriousness of the crime or likelihood that the accused is guilty -- "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" is the law. Once this is understood, then the purpose of bail is nothing more than to create an incentive for the accused to appear in count to answer the charges, should the accused be released from custody. When bail is very high, or refused, is should be only because the incentive to appear in court is seen, by the court, as needing to be stronger than the incentive to flee.

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