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Detroit Mayer Demonstrates Pitfalls of Bail Bonds

Posted on: August 7, 2008 at 1:49 p.m.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was arrested and sent to jail for violating the terms of his bail bond, which forbid him from traveling to Canada without informing the court.

Traditionally, bail is some form of property deposited or pledged to a court in order to persuade it to release a suspect from jail, on the understanding that the suspect will return for trial or forfeit the bail (and be guilty of the crime of failure to appear).

In most cases bail money will be returned at the end of the trial, if all court appearances are made, no matter whether the person is found guilty or not guilty of the crime accused.

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