Want Out Jail Pre-Trial ~ Just Give Up Your Gun Rights

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation today filed amicus briefs in two cases challenging the authority of a federal district court in California to impose a ban on firearm possession as a condition of pretrial release.

The Firearms Policy Coalition, FPC Action Foundation, Second Amendment Law Center, California Rifle & Pistol Association, Rutherford Institute, and the Cato Institute are joining SAF in both briefs. They are represented by attorneys John W. Whitehead, C.D. Michel, Joseph G.S. Greenlee, and Adam Kraut.

The cases involve separate criminal actions against two men, Jesus Perez-Garcia and John Fencl in U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases are known as U.S. v. Jesus Perez-Garcia and U.S. v. John Fencl.

At issue is the district court’s authority to impose the firearm possession ban.

This condition dates back to the Bail Reform Act of 1984, in which Congress first required district courts to consider a danger to others or the community, in addition to the risk of flight, in their bail decisions. In the same act, Congress also expanded the range of permissible conditions of release when done on personal recognizance or an unsecured appearance bond does not suffice to reasonably assure the person’s appearance at trial.

One of those conditions is that the person “refrain from possessing a firearm.”

“This condition violates the presumption of innocence,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “As we note in our briefs, ‘If the presumption of innocence is incompatible with an “assumption” that pretrial releasees are ‘more likely to commit crimes than other members of the public, without an individualized determination to that effect,’ it is equally incompatible with an assumption that pretrial releasees are more likely to pose a danger of firearms-related violence simply by virtue of the charges, without an individualized determination of dangerousness.”


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Patriot Solutions

Whitehead, yes.

Were taking IT ALL DOWN!

Hazcat

Brick by brick.

jukk0u

“Want Out Jail…” Wot?

Stag

Never EVER talk to a cop without legal representation present for the entire conversation and never EVER voluntarily give up ANY rights. Cops are NOT your friend. They do NOT want to help you no matter how much you “cooperate”. They only want you to help make their job easier and their job is to put someone in jail.

swmft

their job is to solve crime ,that is too hard for most of them but making a picture true or not is easier(framing)

incorrigible

That may be so, but getting people convicted is what gets promotions!!!