Baltimore Protesters Going Free Amid Court Logjam

Without charges filed, more than 100 were going home today
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2015 7:03 PM CDT
Baltimore police officers detain a demonstrator after clashes with police Monday.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – About half of the people arrested in Baltimore's unrest earlier this week were being released from custody this evening because police haven't gotten their paperwork in order, reports NBC News. The network says 101 demonstrators were walking out of the city's booking facility because no charges had been filed within 48 hours. The move came after the state public defender's office filed habeas corpus petitions protesting their detention. They may not be in the clear, however: A police official said investigators would continue working on their cases.

Others weren't so lucky. The AP reports that attorneys representing those who have been charged are angry about what they see as excessive bails. For example, 28-year-old Gerard Anderson had his bail set at $100,000 today on charges of malicious destruction and felony burglary. His attorney, however, argued that Anderson wasn't a vandal but had been going to a grocery store to shop when the bedlam began. (Read more Baltimore riots stories.)

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