In a news story that has now gone viral, University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels was arrested, although never charged with a crime, after refusing the demands of Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne’s demands to draw blood from an unconscious driver who was involved in a head-on collision.
Half a year into the new New Jersey bail reform law, and already the new law is being challenged in court. This week, on July 12 and 13, Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion will appear in Mercer County Court for a bail detention hearing.
In Turner v. U.S., approximately 10 defendants were alleged to have brutally raped and murdered a woman shopping in the District of Columbia in 1984. The prosecutor used the testimony of two co-defendants and an eyewitness to paint a picture of a large group attacking the mother of six. Turner, along with several other co-defendants, was convicted.
In July 1994, convicted sexual offender Jesse Timmendequas brutally raped and strangled Megan Kanka to death across the street from her New Jersey home. Megan was only 7 years old. Kanka’s family felt that, had they known a convicted sex offender lived nearby, they could have better protected their daughter and their family.
The new year brought with it a titanic shift in New Jersey’s criminal justice system. Signed by Governor Christie on August 11, 2014, the Bail Reform Law included an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution that — for the first time in the state’s history — authorized the pretrial detention of defendants without bail.
During the general election of 2016, New Jersey voted to amend its state constitution. The people decided to remove money from their state’s bail equation and also to speed up trial dates for criminal defendants in New Jersey. The resulting Bail Reform and Speed Trial Act went into effect Jan. 1, 2017.
“True crime” TV isn’t always so true — the crimes are unrealistic, the detectives are more entertaining (and sometimes better looking…) than they are accurate, and in many cases, TV trials could not be further from reality. I have to admit, though, I was riveted as I watched HBO’s “The Night Of.”
Josh Huff of the Philadelphia Eagles made headlines this week when he was arrested in New Jersey for possessing a firearm without a permit. The wide receiver was arrested Nov. 1 in Gloucester City and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Disorderly Persons Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana).
It’s Coming: New Jersey Bail Reform New Jersey has been making headlines recently after passing comprehensive bail reform legislation that will change how criminal defendants await their trials. The constitutional amendment, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017, allows judges to deny bail to high-risk offenders and release low-risk offenders from jail using a…