Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Associated Press: Puerto Rico bail referendum sparks rights debate

The Associated Press: Puerto Rico bail referendum sparks rights debate:


By DANICA COTO, Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A day after his teenage son was killed in a drive-by shooting, Luis Arvelo found some comfort in the arrest of a body shop worker suspected in the slaying. But that quickly evaporated hours later when he learned the man had been freed after posting a $33,000 bail bond.
Puerto Rico currently is the only place in the Western hemisphere where all people, including those charged with rape and murder, are always entitled to bail. But under an upcoming referendum that would allow judges in the U.S. territory to deny bail in certain cases, the man charged with killing Arvelo's son could have remained behind bars.