Illinois Supreme Court Kicks off Bail Reform By Denying Due Process in Criminal Cases
Well, we know know that the Supreme Court is allowing the Illinois Legislature to get away with murder by eliminating bail without having to change the state constitution.
Unfortunately, the reality that the legislature did not fund the new system has now also set in. So, to protect the innocent, the Illinois Supreme Court has issued an order allowing courts to deny due process to defendants in bail hearings by requiring all of them to be remote.
No in person confrontation of witnesses by the parties.
No chance for the parties to be heard in open court.
No suit to put on, but left in the proverbial ‘can with your orange jump suit on to argue for your release from jail. Prosecutors will then put the cop on zoom. That’ll be fine. Victims can testify easily via Microsoft Teams and argue for detention. No problem.
So, let the fairness begin. Because poor people couldn’t allegedly afford their bail, we’re going to deny fundamental procedural due process rights to all criminal defendants, victims, and the People in all criminal cases.
Sounds like a real search for the truth.