AB325 is stepping forward to take the place of the other two.

By Giovanni De Carlo
Las Vegas Tribune
The impact of poorly designed legislation can cause more problems while not solving any. Such is the case with Bills AB125, AB203, and AB325 in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. It appears that AB325 is stepping forward to take the place of the other two.
Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo wants his clients to have as easy a sentence as possible so they can be out of jail and can commit more crimes. It is an easy source of repeat business for his law firm through recidivism, producing more money in his and his partners’ pockets at the expense of the entire community.
While arguing about the expense on the alleged perpetrators being discriminatory on an economic basis, he isn’t also including the expenses of his legal services as discriminating on an economic basis.
Why not also address the high cost of hiring an attorney for criminal defense? And also the higher cost of house arrest? This is very similar to how the Opiate Epidemic began. Our laws were lobbyists to use aggressive marketing campaigns, and were allowed to increase the number of addicted people by targeting veterans through the VA and thus, our community had been devastated.
We knew we were creating a high percentage of addicted people and big money for the companies’ executives. The opiate problem has continued to show up in our jails and courts, also in our emergency rooms, on our streets among the homeless, and at the morgue as well. The laws were supposed to help but only helped to further the profits of the manufacturers of the drugs instead.
So why would we want to let Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo, his law partner Tom Pitaro and failed District Attorney candidate Robert Langford to author and ram down our throats legislation that will further harm our community? His own party is critical of holding people for an additional 48 hours on an ICE retainer. Eliminating the Constitutional and expeditious path that bail provides creates a longer time frame for the release of the defendant, while he is arguing that it would be a benefit.
Instead of being allowed out after the bail bond is posted, the person has to wait anywhere from 5 to 12 more days to get through government red tape to get on house arrest and released from jail. That is not expeditious and can also drag out and delay what should be an expedient right to a fair trial. In most circumstances, House Arrest is significantly more expensive than bail, yet less responsive to the risk of failure to appear in court than surety bail.
We need to stand up to these shenanigans regarding Nevadans’ right to due process and constitutionally protected right to bail, and not be held up in custody while getting through the ever-present governmental red tape caused by not funding what they legislate to make their partisan base happy!
The Supreme Court has upheld that bail schedules reviewed by a judge are constitutional. It is also a more expeditious path to release than the backlogged bureaucratic system of monitoring. We already don’t adequately fund law enforcement, and it is ludicrous to add more expenses to public safety without adding the resources to pay for them.
Further, AB325 demands that defendants not be shackled on the pretense of being required under the Sanchez decision by the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and that ruling was set aside by the United States Supreme Court. Why do we want to raise the cost of proceedings and increase the risk to our already overburdened law enforcement agencies, let alone the risk to others in the courtroom?
A Judge’s discretion is a major asset to our community. That’s why we elected them. They see it on a daily basis and have better knowledge of the law than the activists assailing our legal system. We need to make sure they have the ability to read the situation and rule accordingly.
The bail industry realizes some reforms are long overdue. They want to be a part of the dialogue to help solve our problems to improve our society. The bail bondsman is a community partner who wants to foster better laws that improve instead of feel-good legislation that doesn’t work. The bondsman poses expert knowledge that when utilized, can improve life for all Nevadans.
Don’t allow the “Road to Hell Through Good Intentions” legislation of Bills AB325, AB203, and AB125 to compound problems we are trying to solve. The government has already done it to our Veterans through the Opiates! Don’t let Ozzie Fumo and his Fat Cat Cronies do it to us now. People in our legal system need reform, but reform that is beneficial to them and not to the people preying on them and claiming it is an asset.
Wake up Nevada! These bills won’t help and will only make things worse!

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