The Traynor 2020 Problem
This year’s case involves the legality of money bail, a long-established practice in California that is now being challenged in many courts.
Peter Prescott has been charged with criminal offenses and is awaiting a trial. The prosecution asserts that he aided and abetted a companion who was the direct perpetrator of the charged offenses. Prescott’s request for bail was denied by the trial court and he remains incarcerated pending a trial. The reporter’s transcript of the bail motion that was held in the Superior Court of San Simeon is now available below. As you can see from the trial court’s ruling, that court denied Prescott’s motion.
The case is now pending in the Court of Appeal for the Seventh Appellate District. The issues to be addressed in this proceeding are identified in the Court of Appeal’s order, filed December 9, 2019.
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