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.