Several readers have asked us how they can ensure those charged with crimes receive the punishment they deserve. In the judicial reality of Alabama, that's an almost impossible task. The first issue some readers have is with bail. Comments usually mention Franklin County where the accused is often stated to be held without bond.
Crimes usually come with a standard bail; in other words not much leeway is given, but in some cases the availability and amount are determined by the judge. The smaller the county and its judicial system, the slower the process may be. It's not that those who commit crimes in Franklin County aren't given the chance to bond out--they just have to wait longer to appear before a judge.
Andrew Daniel Scott July 24th Arrest Photo
Interestingly, just as we began to write this article, we received several e-mails informing us that Andrew Scott was back in jail. For this latest go-round, he is accused of three counts of theft, two counts of forgery, and one count of burglary. Scott has two standard bonds totalling 6K, but remains in the detention center--a fact we found surprising.
We contacted our source at the courthouse who told us Judge Gil Self has a hold on Hottie Scottie. One of our legal eagle friends then added that Judge Self will probably revoke Scott's previous bond if he should be bailed out on these six new charges. In other words, paying over six hundred dollars for a bail bondsman to spring the Killen resident would be for nought.
A very wise friend of the elder Mr. Scott commented: I hope Roger will wake up and see that the boy needs help, and to continually make excuses for bad behavior invites more bad behavior.
Andrew Scott's May arrests on two previous charges (theft/burglary) have not yet come to trial; therefore, he has no previous convictions (his February 2010 drug charges were adjudicated using youthful offender status). In other words, the six most recent charges will also be considered first offenses. We'll be following his day in court...one we hope mandates drug rehab.
Related post: Update on Andrew Scott
Tomorrow: Who has a say in plea agreements?