Re-Thinking Bail

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Robin Barton

On Valentine's Day, South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times through a bathroom door, killing her. The police arrested Pistorius almost immediately and charged him with murder.

Within a week, a tremendous amount of information about the events of that night was revealed in court. Evidence was presented, witnesses testified, theories were posited and statements were read.

What makes these events unusual is that they occurred during a bail hearing.

When someone is arrested for a serious . . .

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