Friday, September 5, 2008

Wow, what a surprise

I was bitching a few days ago about our justice system that allows people who commit or are accused of drug and other crimes to repeatedly be released back among law-abiding citizens. The main target of my disgust was the arrest and almost immediate release on $10,000 bond of Douglas Yondale Cochran, who was among several people picked up during a crackdown on drugs and guns in the Washington area. Guess what? Mr. Cochran, who also goes by the name Yandell Barfield, didn't obey the law and show up for his preliminary hearing on Thursday. Stunning, isn't it? A state trooper told a district justice Thursday that when Cochran was arrested in a stolen car, he was in possession of suspected cocaine and marijuana that had been packaged for sale. He also had thousands of dollars in his pockets, and while the money on his person was most likely held as suspected proceeds of illicit drug sales, do you really think Cochran was concerned about the relative pittance (generally, 10 percent of a bond is sufficient to gain one's release) he would be forfeiting if he didn't show for court? Also, there's the fact that Cochran was just recently freed from federal custody on drug and escape charges. ESCAPE?!?!?! Certainly no red flag there. Now the police can play "Where's Cochran?". Pittsburgh? Youngstown? Detroit? Philly? Who knows? Maybe it would have been better to just keep him behind bars in the first place.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stupidity of a few, harm many. What more can I say about that. In my opinion, if you are on federal parole and are arrested committing a crime your bond should definitely be more than 10%, especially if your tired ass is driving around in a stolen car, with drugs and a gun. This is what is wrong with the justice system. And you can believe that some of that money they confiscated was not counted properly at the time of arrest either. Believe it or not, there are still some corrupt cops in Washington and Washington Co. that did not get the boot when Petit got his.

September 5, 2008 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger John said...

Speaking of Detroit, if you're looking for some news, check out the future of the mayor of Michigan's largest city. He's proving everyone right about Detroit!

September 5, 2008 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

Kwame Kilpatrick was an embarrassment to all of Detroit. He's an arrogant, low-life a$$hole. As for our local fugitive, did they really expect a guy who was facing certain revocation of his federal parole and a return to the big house to show up for his hearing? He should have been held, by whatever means necessary, until the feds could grab him again.

September 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I have to wonder how much the cost of tracking down this scumbag will be, and more important, who will pay it? Him? Doubtful. I guess I don't really's the citizens of Washington County.

If he'd already been in federal prison, my thinking is that he shouldn't have even been offered bond. Lock him up and open the door only when it's time to enter the courtroom. But in too many people's eyes, that's cruel and unusual punishment and a violation of his rights. I wish I knew how to write out the sound of me hocking a loogie and spitting it out...that's what I think of the rights of garbage like this.

September 6, 2008 at 6:16 AM  

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