FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2017
Duane “Dog” Chapman & Beth Chapman Take Fight to Protect Crime Victims and Save Bail Industry to Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia – On behalf of countless crime victims and the law enforcement industry in which they have worked for decades, tomorrow Beth Chapman and Duane “Dog” Chapman will attend oral arguments before a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Maurice Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia.
With the benefit of the Obama Justice Department’s participation as an intervenor, the plaintiff is challenging the constitutionality of the City of Calhoun’s monetary bail system. This skirmish is only the latest example of the criminal lobby’s crusade to eliminate cash bail and declare war on the criminal justice system.
Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” said, “There’s legislation and litigation in this two-front war. And my wife is leading this charge. This is an all-out assault by the criminal lobby to change a 200 year old practice of cash bail.”
Beth Chapman, President of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), said, “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.
“We put our show on hold to fight these 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.”
“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, under strong leadership, fight every attempt by these social justice lackeys to remove cash bail when their only goal is to make it easier for the bad guys to get out of jail with no repercussion and no deterrent.”
Suits like this are typically unchallenged by the industry. The actions by Beth Chapman and the GAPB represent a bold new approach to preserve a vital industry which protects the public’s safety. Many across the country see value in the bail industry and efforts, both legally and legislatively, to remove the cash bail systems are being attempted throughout the United States are a danger to every law abiding American.
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.
Mr. Clement’s brief contains the following summary: “Plaintiffs would have this court effectively abolish monetary bail on the theory that any defendant is entitled to immediate release based on an unverified assertion of indigency.”
Clement continues by summarizing his client’s position: “The City of Calhoun’s monetary bail system is clearly constitutional.
“This suit is a direct assault on the Constitution, our way of life, and our form of livelihood,” stated Chapman. “Everyone with a vested interest in protecting their neighborhoods should join us in this fight. That includes the general public, who are most at risk when criminals are released without supervision and accountability. It also includes all of the criminal justice system which will be crippled by repeat offenders and a drastic increase in failure to appear rates.”
The case is Maurice Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia, Docket No. 16-10521, pending before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Elbert Tuttle Courthouse is located at 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 8;30 AM EST.
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