If you ever find yourself charged with a crime, a bail bondsman can be your best friend. When a judge sets bail and the defendant doesn’t have the money to pay, the bondsman posts the money in exchange for an upfront fee – usually 10 percent of the bond amount – and property as collateral. All the defendant has to do is show up to court.
Getting a jury summons in the mail is not cause to rejoice for most people. It means missing a day or more of work and sitting for long periods of time waiting for your name to be called while watching bad movies in a large, cold room. If you do get chosen for a jury panel, however, you get to see the legal system in process.
You may have heard of Queen Brown. Her son was killed two years ago, and ever since, she’s pushed for an end to youth violence. In speeches and articles, Queen talks about the wrenching experience of losing her son. But the fallout of his death still haunts her. Kenny Malone has her story.