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    Posted on October 3rd, 2017 Becky 4 comments
    *    According to his below docket, his bail is $10% of $1,000 or $100 to get out of jail. Hopefully someone shows up with $100 today!


    (Click here for the LNP story and here for the police press release.)

         LNP recently updated their story to add this:
         Shaw-Canon was arraigned Tuesday and is currently held at Lancaster County Prison on $1,000 bail.
         You have to be kidding me! Could the NAACP step up and take some action?  Where the hell is Lancaster NAACP president Blanding Watson? This is ridiculous and sickening!
         I was actually going to have some degree of “fun” with this nonsense until I read that he was in jail! And we don’t know if that is 10% bail or cash bail! This is an outrage! At the absolute most he should be mailed a summons for trespass and be required to replace the $5.00 flag. Fire the police officers!



         It is such a given and so commonplace that when someone posts bail it means 10%, that we reporters don’t bother to get into the technicalities of ten percent was posted of x amount, … The rarer scenario is cash bail, which usually is mentioned by the media. Because cash bail amounts are usually very high – 1-million dollars cash, for e.g., for a mob member because the judge means business. So, technically, it is not incorrect to report that someone has posted 15,000.00 bail when they only paid 1,500.00 to do so. It is lackadaisical, perhaps, but that is how the media has been reporting it for decades and most members of the public know that, whether they are lawyers, press, or not, because America has made criminals out of honest people more than any other country in the world.
    Part of a personal message I received yesterday.
         The public may know/assume that but you and they are wrong and this is where equality in the justice system begins! Most of the bail I see in the city is cash bail. When you see police car stop after police stop in the news in the city and they find drugs or guns and you see bail set at $100,000, $250,000 or $500,000 it is cash bail and that means most of these men and women will be sitting in jail for months awaiting a trial or plea.
         When former teen hero Temar Boggs was charged with robbery, his bail was set at $150,000 and it was cash bail.
         But thank you, maybe this was the eye-opener I needed because if people are assuming it is always percentage bail they are very wrong! In the city, for minorities, it is almost always cash bail and that is a huge difference!
    Please check back later today.    


    4 responses to “* UPDATE – THE REPORTERS NEED TO CHANGE!”

    1. I think this hit home for some reporters regarding the man in Bucks County who killed four men in the space of a week. When he was first arrested, every reporter was stating his bail was one million. Suddenly, the next day, he was free and everyone was like wth? Turns out his bail was actually 10% of one million and his dad has money and he posted the $100,000.

      They then re-arrested him and set his bail at two million cash. And the reporters were very quick to add the cash part at that time!

    2. It’s Lancaster and he’s black. If he was white, the cops would have sent him on his way.

    3. Hasn’t the supreme court already ruled that the burning of the flag is not illegal?

    4. Becky, if Art Morris decides to put up his website again, would you please let us know?

      In your conversations with him, did you ask if he still has it on his personal computer if it is no longer online?

      Asking for a friend. Actually asking for a friend who has a Pulitzer.