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As 2014 comes to a close, PBUS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of PBUS News Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.



Casey Anthony's bounty hunter could face fine in lawsuit
WKMG-TV
From Aug. 14:The bounty hunter who helped Casey Anthony get out of jail is facing new legal troubles and could be forced to pay money to another witness from the murder case.
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Nearly $1 billion owed by bail jumpers wiped off books
Philly.com
From Oct. 16: In a single act, nearly $1 billion in debt owed to Philadelphia by onetime fugitives has disappeared. Philadelphia's court system, at the request of the city, wiped off the books longtime debt owed by tens of thousands of criminal defendants who failed to appear for their court dates.
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Judge: Bondsman had no reason to chain men to courtroom door
Dothan Eagle
From June 12: Dothan's municipal judge disputed a bondsman's claim that the Alabama city's court system is inefficient, and said he had other simple alternatives to resolve his issue rather than chaining two men to the city courtroom door. Two men who missed a recent court date were chained to the courtroom door by bondsman Rickey Stokes of A Advantage Bonding. Stokes said he did it because of a frustration with the court system.
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NJ Assembly passes bail overhaul
The Philadelphia Inquirer
From Aug. 7: The New Jersey Assembly passed an overhaul of the state's bail system, clearing the way for voters to decide on a constitutional change while also giving Gov. Chris Christie a bipartisan win. The bail changes, along with a plan to supply long-term funding to the state's depleted open space preservation program, won approval on the last day to put a question on the November ballot.
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'Local girls' to sell Florida bail bond company for $25 million
Orlando Sentinel
From July 17: Deborah Snow is modest when you ask her about the pending $25 million sale of her longtime family bail-bond company. “It is kind of cool. It is a story about local girls doing well,” Snow said. Snow and her sister, Sharon Jallad, have signed a merger agreement with Randall & Quilter, a British corporation that handles some underwriting for Lloyd’s of London. The price for the pending sale of their company, Accredited Surety & Casualty, is $25 million with $5 million deferred until a 2015 audit.
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New Orleans clerk of court says no more overnight bail bonds
WWL-TV
From Sept. 11: A long, festering feud between New Orleans Criminal Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell and the mayor's office just got more heated. Recently, Morrell announced his office no longer has the money or personnel to process bail bonds over night. He said starting immediately, suspects booked into Orleans Parish Prison after 11 p.m. will have to wait until the next morning to post bond.
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For a million fugitives, freedom starts at county line
USA Today
From Sept. 18: Their arrest warrants pile up by the thousands: One for a man accused of punching his girlfriend in the face. Another for a man who crashed, drunk, into a liquor store. Another for a man charged with killing a teen in a joy ride that went wrong. But the authorities are not searching for any of those fugitives, and even if they happen to find them, they will not pursue them beyond the county line.
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When police play bounty hunter
USA Today (commentary)
From Nov. 25: Ming Ton Liu, a Chinese-born American, was driving to Louisiana last year to buy a restaurant when he was stopped for speeding in Alabama. A sheriff's deputy questioned Liu, searched his car and found $75,195 in cash, which was for a down payment. Liu was ticketed for speeding and held for a few hours. A drug-sniffing dog was brought in. Police said the dog "alerted" after sniffing the money and Liu gave conflicting accounts. But no drugs were found. No charges were filed. Authorities seized the cash anyway.
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