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Teen Facing Life for Killing Abuser Gets a Break

Community groups raise $400K to get Chrystul Kizer out of jail

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen held in jail for two years for the murder of her alleged sex trafficker has been released on bail after $400,000 was raised by groups including the Milwaukee Freedom Fund. The fund worked with the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Chicago Community Bond Fund, and the national... More »

'Minnesota Freedom Fund' Reels After Getting $30M

The nonprofit is suddenly flush and under a microscope

(Newser) - A small nonprofit is feeling the heat after receiving more than $30 million in the wake of George Floyd's death, the New York Times reports. The Minnesota Freedom Fund—which had only one full-time worker earlier this month—became a popular cause for activist and celebrity donors. Now the... More »

Romance Novelist Allegedly Killed Husband for Money

Court documents say Nancy Brophy had taken out life insurance policies on her husband

(Newser) - Nancy Crampton Brophy was charged with murder in September 2018 in connection with her chef husband's death. Days after her arraignment, it emerged that the 68-year-old romance novelist had published a 700-word essay online in 2011 called "How to Murder Your Husband." In it, she gave five... More »

Woman Arrested After Paying Bail With Smelly Cash

It had a 'strong odor of marijuana,' police say

(Newser) - A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate's bail had a "strong odor of marijuana." Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to... More »

Prosecutor: Weinstein Messed With Ankle Monitor

Weinstein's attorney says it was tech 'glitches' that caused him to fall off radar for hours

(Newser) - Some people don't like the fact that Harvey Weinstein is out from behind bars while he awaits his January trial on rape and sexual assault charges. Now, a New York City prosecutor wants to make the disgraced movie producer's release conditions more onerous, asking a judge to increase... More »

He Skipped Bail 7 Years Ago. Now, Assange Hears His Fate

WikiLeaks founder sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for trying to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012

(Newser) - Raising a fist in the air as he arrived, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered a London courtroom Wednesday to find out his fate for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid getting extradited to Sweden over rape allegations , reports Al Jazeera . That fate: nearly a year in jail. The 50-week sentence... More »

R. Kelly Is Out

Someone makes the R&B singer's child support payment

(Newser) - R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support, the AP reports. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire... More »

Meng Wanzhou Freed on $7.5M Bail

She has agreed to pay for 24/7 surveillance

(Newser) - Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou walked free from a Vancouver courthouse Tuesday night after a bail hearing that lasted three days. She was released on bail of $10 million Canadian—around $7.5 million American—after BC Supreme Court Justice William Ehrcke decided the bail terms were enough to "offset... More »

Jailed Banker's Wife Could Be Forced to Join Him

Zamira Hajiyeva fighting extradition to Azerbaijan over embezzlement allegations

(Newser) - A woman from Azerbaijan whose fortune has been targeted by British authorities under anti-corruption laws was freed on bail Thursday while she battles extradition to her homeland over embezzlement allegations. Zamira Hajiyeva is the first person to be subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, a measure introduced this year in... More »

California to End Bail, ACLU Not a Fan of How

State is replacing it with 'murky' risk-assessment system

(Newser) - California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial and replace it with a still murky risk-assessment system under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, reports the AP . Brown's signature gives the state's judicial council broad authority to reshape pretrial detention policies... More »

Documents Detail More Allegations Against Allison Mack

Actress allegedly received 'financial benefits [and] financial opportunities' for her role in cult-like group

(Newser) - Allison Mack, the Smallville star fighting sex trafficking charges after being accused of helping run a cult-like "self-help" group, received somewhat of a reprieve Tuesday from a federal judge, who agreed to let Mack be released to her parents' custody on a $5 million bond, NBC News and CNN... More »

For 160K People Who Can't Afford Bail, Hope

The Bail Project is going national, with an ambitious 5-year goal

(Newser) - A national effort is launching that aims to help low-income defendants get out of jail by bailing them out as their criminal cases progress through the courts. The Bail Project grew out of a successful 10-year campaign in the Bronx to pay bail for needy cases, led by attorney Robin... More »

DOJ: Revoke Shkreli Bail Over Hillary Remarks

He's a 'danger to the community,' motion filed Thursday states

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli's lawyer may think his client is "brilliant beyond words," but the convicted pharmaceutical exec's latest move on social media wasn't exactly a genius one. Per LawNews , the Justice Department filed a motion Thursday to revoke Shkreli's $5 million bail after a now-deleted... More »

Murder Suspect to Post One of the Largest Bails in US History

Tiffany Li supporters come up with $62M in property, $4M in cash

(Newser) - It appears a $35 million bail won't be enough to keep a murder suspect behind bars in California. Tiffany Li, a 31-year-old woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend and the father of her two children last year, is expected to post one of the largest bails in US history... More »

Pakistan Denies Bail for Iconic 'Afghan Girl'

Sharbat Gula, of 'National Geographic' cover fame, charged with impersonating a Pakistani

(Newser) - In 1985, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" became famous worldwide as the haunting cover model for National Geographic. In 2016, Sharbat Gula (spelled Gulla in some sources) is making headlines once again after she was arrested last week in Pakistan for allegedly harboring fake ID papers—and this week, a... More »

Feds: Can't Keep Poor People Unable to Pay Bail in Jail

Justice Department says it's unconstitutional

(Newser) - It's unconstitutional to keep poor defendants in jail before their trial simply because they can't afford to pay bail. That's according to an amicus brief filed in federal court by the Justice Department on Friday, Reuters reports. According to NBC News , the Justice Department found that the... More »

He Sat in Rikers for 5 Months; $2 Would Have Freed Him

Aitabdel Salem says he didn't know his bail had changed

(Newser) - Aitabdel Salem needed to hand over only $2 to bail himself out of Rikers Island, a fact he found out after a five-month stay. The 41-year-old Queens man was initially jailed on $25,000 bail for allegedly attacking an officer who arrested him on suspicion of theft at a retail... More »

Chicago Cop Charged in Laquan Killing Posts Bail

Jason Van Dyke pays $150K, hits the streets

(Newser) - The Chicago police officer charged with killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has paid his $150,000 bond and walked out of jail, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. A judge set bail for officer Jason Van Dyke at $1.5 million earlier in the day. Meanwhile, authorities have released the dashcam video that... More »

Dad Had Hands in Air as Cops Shot Boy, 6: Video

Bail for the 2 Louisiana cops has been set at $1M each

(Newser) - The two Louisiana cops accused of gunning down a 6-year-old autistic boy will each have to come up with $1 million bail, a judge ruled Monday, CNN reports. The judge also ordered 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr. and 32-year-old Derrick Stafford—charged with the murder of Jeremy Mardis and attempted murder... More »

Cops Hunt Runaway Groom Who Skipped Bail

Man becomes husband and fugitive in same weekend

(Newser) - Police, and likely an angry wife, are looking for an Australian man who jumped bail last week. Murat Shomshe was released from Port Phillip Prison in Victoria to attend his wedding July 25, then sneaked out of his house two days later, reports the Herald Sun . The 33-year-old was incarcerated... More »

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