To the Editor:
Killeen Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown set a bond of $4 billion for an accused murderer in order to “make a point.”
A bond under which an accused criminal may be released from custody is set to legally assure that the defendant will subsequently appear in court, as well as to protect the public from possible harm; the greater the supposed danger presented, the higher the bond.
The law provides remedies to deal with reduction of unreasonable bail bonds, and Bell County county and district courts uniformly deal reasonably and efficiently with such cases.
Justice Brown certainly made a “point.” That point is that she deliberately violated her oath promising to follow the law and the Constitution, and this goofy act ethically disqualifies her from continuing to hold office.
I’ve said it before: we all appreciate political jokes, but we don’t want to elect them to office, at the local, state or federal levels.
former Bell County attorney