(excerpt from the NY Post - March 7, 2019)
New York’s streets are already more violent, thanks to the political war on bail. Consider just three recent cases:
- Harlens Hernandez, 25, allegedly yelled “you white bitch” while slashing a woman’s cheek with a razor blade on a Manhattan subway last weekend. He’d been released from jail a month earlier on $1,000 bail after being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill and cut out the eyes of a Walgreens employee, also with a razor blade. Now he’s being held on $25,000 bail.
- Sanjay Jaggernauth, 16, was freed on $10,000 bail after an arrest for attempted sex abuse; his rap sheet also includes an arrest for forcible touching. Yet when he was arrested on a new attempted-abuse charge, the judge rejected prosecutors’ request to raise bail to $150,000 and let the original 10 grand stand.
- East Harlem teen Edgar Garcia also remains free on $10,000 bond, despite his arrest for a wild caught-on-camera shooting in the Bronx, where he barely missed a child.
Commenting on the Hernandez case and the city courts’ current inconsistency on bail, an NYPD source told The Post, “We’re letting out the most violent people who are committing crimes.”
It’s rare to make it onto the criminal bench in this town without political connections, so it’s no surprise to see judges sniffing the political winds — which are no longer about protecting the innocent.
Even after the disastrous mass-bailout stunt by RFK Human Rights, and while New York is still seeing last year’s Raise the Age law play out, the Legislature seems poised to move further down the “let ’em all loose” line by ending cash bail entirely.