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Message from the President Beth Chapman

from PBUS

Oral arguments before Georgia Court of Appeals!
On June 22, 2016, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement filed an amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of monetary bail conditions in the case pending in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Georgia Association of Professional Bondsmen and the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.

On behalf of countless crime victims and the law enforcement industry in which we have worked for decades, my husband Duane "Dog" Chapman and I will attend oral arguments on Thursday, February 23, 2017 before this panel to hear the case of Maurice Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia.

The plaintiff, Maurice Walker and his attorneys, are challenging the constitutionality of the City of Calhoun's monetary bail system. This is the latest example of opponents of the monetary bail system working to eliminate cash bail, which those of us in the bail industry know will have devastating effects on the criminal justice system.

I have been very vocal to the media on this subject stating, "This is among the first challenges facing the Trump Administration and the newly sworn in U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The 45th President campaigned on law and order like none of his predecessors had before. This is an early test for the fledgling Administration to see if they will reverse the wrong-headed, soft-on-crime position of the Obama Administration and the Department of Justice."

Duane and I personally put our show on hold to fight such disastrous actions by those seeking to make it easier for the criminals to get out of jail and this is the latest battle in a long war to ensure the bail industry continue as it has for over 200 years. I hope all of you will stand with us in this fight.

We all know that the bail industry provides a service to the government and helps ensure the public's safety at no cost to the taxpayers. Removing the bail system would have a deleterious effect on the criminal justice system. It is imperative that our association and our members fight every attempt to remove cash bail.

Anyone who is available to attend this hearing is asked to do so. The hearing will be held at the Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse, 56 Forsyth Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA beginning at 8:30 am. Stand with your national association for the preservation of bail nationwide. more


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