Excessive Bail in Broward County

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states, in part, “Excessive bail shall not be required…” [1] So what sort of judge is it who would impose a $500,000 bail for trespassing? A judge, one hopes, would be familiar with the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights.

Zachary Cruz, younger brother of alleged mass murderer Nikolas Cruz, had this excessive bail imposed upon him by a judge in Broward County. Zachary Cruz did not enter any of the buildings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He only visited the “campus” to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in.” For this, Zachary Cruz was arrested and charged with trespassing. Normally, “trespassing in Broward County is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. The bond typically is $25, but the judge in Zachary Cruz’s case set bail at $500,000.” [2]

Kind of makes you wonder about Broward County, no?

Broward County, Florida, scene of the February 14, 2018 Valentine’s Day Massacre, has had other peculiar legalese. One of the shady deals in Broward County was between the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office. The deal, known as the “Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline,” was designed as a “see no evil” agreement. There had been “complicity” between offices now alternately prosecuting and defending Nikolas Cruz. [3]

A video clip hopefully viewable at the top of today’s blog entry shows one Stacey Lippel, a teacher at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She was present on the fateful day and described what she saw: “And then I suddenly saw the shooter,” stated eyewitness Lippel, “about 20 feet from me, standing at the end of the hallway, actively shooting down the hallway. Just a barrage of bullets. And I’m staring at him, thinking, ‘Why’s the police here? This is strange.’ Because he’s in full metal garb: helmet, face mask, bullet-proof armor. Shooting this rifle…” [4]

The high school had 70 surveillance cameras. That is a lot of evidence, one way or the other, to show. Three government agencies — and the families of some of the 17 people who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — are fighting the news media’s request to view surveillance video that might shed light on what exactly happened. [5]

What really happened? Does the surveillance video show Nikolas Cruz arriving by Uber vehicle, walking up to the building carrying a rifle? Does surveillance video show Nikolas Cruz removing the body armor – helmet, face mask, bullet-proof armor – before he exits the building while chatting with student Alexa Miednik, who did not see any body armor? [6]

——- Sources ——-
[1] “The Eighth Amendment”, https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendments/amendment-viii
[2] “Is Zachary Cruz, jailed on $500K bond, being punished for brother’s crime?” by Rosa Flores. CNN, March 28, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/28/us/zachary-cruz-bond-nikolas-brother-parkland/index.html
[3] “Shady Deals In Broward County”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, March 16, 2018. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/shady-deals-in-broward-county/
[4] “Magic Tricks Of Broward County”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, March 6, 2018. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/magic-tricks-of-broward-county/
[5] “Can public see more video of police response to Parkland shooting? A judge will decide”, by Nicholas Nehamas. Miami Herald, April 04, 2018 (Updated April 05, 2018). http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article207966924.html
[6] “Meet Nikolas Cruz”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, March 8, 2018. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/meet-nikolas-cruz/

 

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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