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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Velda City Settles Suit Over Municipal Court Bonds

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Velda City Settles Suit Over Municipal Court Bonds

VELDA CITY, Mo. (AP) – The north county community of Velda City no longer can jail people in lieu of cash bail for municipal infractions under a federal court settlement over the bond system’s treatment of poor people. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the lawsuit resolved Wednesday was filed on behalf of a 26-year-old mother […]

Velda City Settles Suit Over Municipal Court Bonds

VELDA CITY, Mo. (AP) – The north county community of Velda City no longer can jail people in lieu of cash bail for municipal infractions under a federal court settlement over the bond system’s treatment of poor people.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the lawsuit resolved Wednesday was filed on behalf of a 26-year-old mother of two who Velda City police arrested April 2 for driving with a suspended license, a headlight violation and related offenses.

Prosecutors asked for $800 to allow Donya Pierce’s release, and she was eventually freed after her attorneys got involved.

The lawsuit challenged the $350 Velda City requires for release on an offense of driving with a suspended license and $150 for most other ordinance violations.

Velda City now must release people on recognizance or an unsecured bond.

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