Friday, September 12, 2014
The Michigan State Legislature is considering a bill that will give courts FINANCIAL INTEREST IN FINDING YOU GUILTY.
HOUSE BILL 5785 proposed (by the GOP alas) will allow courts to assess costs to convicted criminals before the court.... i.e., to pay for the court itself.
It makes sense, until you consider the fact that it GIVES JUDGES A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO FIND YOU GUILTY. (And I know I'm repeating myself.)
The Michigan Supreme Court found this practice illegal in June--in the case People v. Cunningham, the Supremes ruled that court costs were NOT LEGAL, as no statute authorized the authority to assess it. Courts have been doing it for years, but it's out and out theft.
This bill, HB5785, legalizes that.
This is about raising revenue for the courts at gunpoint.
But it is more than that. This is utterly bogus. It's evil. Why? Do you want the Court to get a $1000 payoff for your guilty plea?
Call your state legislator (Lower House, not Senator and remember, Lansing not DC) and yell at them (nicely). Make it clear that this law is completely evil and you do not want it to be put in place.
Here follows a video explanation by my good friend William Maze, Esq., one of the top DUI practitioners in this state. He explains it far better than I can.
CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS! LET THEM KNOW THAT THIS IS A BAD IDEA!
Money where mouth is:
GO AND DOEST THOU LIKEWISE. Thank you.
Posted by (c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) at 9:27 AM