Violating your probation by shooting at a car and hitting an infant = release on personal bond? Would this happen anywhere else?
Man accused of shooting baby in ankle is released on bond
Paul Rodriguez was on probation when he fired into car during fight with ex-girlfriend.
By Steven Kreytak AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Friday, July 11, 2008
An 18-year-old father accused of shooting his 1-year-old daughter in the ankle during a dispute with the baby's mother last week was released from jail on personal bond Thursday despite the objections of prosecutors, who call him dangerous and a flight risk.
State District Judge Charlie Baird released Paul Estevan Rodriguez on a personal bond that requires him to pay no money upfront. If he does not return for his future court dates, Baird could order him to pay $50,000.
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The first comment after the article is dead on. And who has ever heard of a 2 day bond hearing??? And why would they be going into the facts of the case at a bond hearing??? Maybe I'm confused and don't understand Travis County law.
A good tongue lashing by the Judge will teach that defendant a lesson!
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Don't you just love judges who believe that violent criminals are receptive to stern talking-tos. After all, being arrested, confined and prosecuted a time or two has had no effect. So let's try wagging a finger. Ugh!
I know a judge who is fond of saying, "If the clanging of the jailhouse door doesn't straighten them out, nothing will." Truer words have never been spoken.
No prison for woman who admits stealing $1 million Judge said victim stands better chance of getting paid with probation. By Steven Kreytak
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Barbee Tunnell walked into a Travis County courtroom Monday prepared to plead guilty and accept a nine-year prison sentence for embezzling more than $1 million from her former employer. State District Judge Charlie Baird had another idea.
"I'd rather give you probation than send you to prison," he told Tunnell, a former accountant for Applied Products Inc., an Austin procurement services company. Baird noted that if Tunnell goes to prison, she won't have a chance to repay the money she stole, would have a tough time getting a job upon her release and would be absent for some important years of her teenage son's life.
After Tunnell, 51, agreed that she would seek substance abuse counseling and attempt to make restitution, Baird sentenced her to 10 years deferred adjudication, a form of probation.
Reminds me of a local County Court judge who talked a defendant out of accepting the State's offer of time-served for her prostitution charge. He really didn't want her to have a conviction on her record, so he persuaded her to accept a year of deferred adjudication. Next thing you know she's violated probation and the same judge sentenced her to something like 6 months in jail. Boy, he really helped her out.