In the United States, judges in our courts of law are given a wide parameter of powers when it comes to determining the proper course of action regarding the seriousness of the charges against the accused.
For these judges, it’s never an easy decision, especially when there is always error in judgment on the parts of the police, detectives, and investigative teams when dealing with scant evidence. In cases where evidence is abundant, however, the judge’s task becomes somewhat easier.
This past week, a white nationalist rally was held in Charlottesville was interrupted by a horrific scene of a speeding vehicle as it plowed into a street full of counter protesters. James Alex Fields was the driver and he was arrested on the scene. One woman who was struck died from her injuries. Fields was subsequently denied bail by the judge in the case!
The Daily Caller:
A judge denied bail Monday to Charlottesville driver James Alex Fields Jr., who has been accused of running over antifa protesters at a white nationalist rally called Unite the Right.
Fields, a 20-year-old from Ohio, allegedly drove through a group of protesters Saturday in Charlottesville, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.
He made his first appearance in court Monday via video from jail. Given the broader circumstances of the case, Judge Robert Downer decided to deny him bail and then moved to appoint Fields with an attorney called Charles Weber, the Associated Press reports. Fields did not enter a plea.
Police took him into custody almost immediately after the incident and charged him with a single count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one court of hit-and-run.
Fields’ next court date is set for August 25. The judge in the case may reconsider his application for bond before that time.
Fields reportedly had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was prescribed anti-psychotics. While he technically qualifies as a veteran, Fields was removed from active-duty after failing to complete basic training.
“The Army can confirm that James Alex Fields reported for basic military training in August of 2015,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson said in a statement. “He was, however, released from active duty due to a failure to meet training standards in December of 2015. As a result, he was never awarded a military occupational skill nor was he assigned to a unit outside of basic training.”
The terrible actions taken by this sick individual is one that should never happen during a protest march or any other march. If people cannot march and express their opinions through protest without their safety being threatened, it a good bet that this right will be suppressed.
Pray for the family of the woman who died and the other victims. And especially pray for the judge to make the right decision in dealing with this man who is obviously very disturbed and requires hospitalization.
Source: The Daily Caller