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A judge appears to be the first in Northern Virginia to drop cash bonds

from The Washington Post

Judges have been setting cash bonds for defendants awaiting ­trial for so long, they've become a part of the criminal-justice system as familiar as the scales of justice or the crack of a gavel opening court. But for about a year, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge David Bernhard has been quietly doing away with this cornerstone of the courts. In his courtroom, nearly all defendants not deemed a danger to the public or a flight risk have been allowed their freedom without putting up thousands of dollars. more

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