How a bar fight over the Philadelphia Eagles sparked a challenge to N.J. bail reform

TRENTON — In a new effort to undo New Jersey’s criminal system overhaul, a bail bonds company hired a team of lawyers to file a federal lawsuit on behalf of a Camden County man charged after a bar fight, claiming a judge’s refusal to grant him bail violated his constitutional rights.

The class-action suit argues the judge gave Brittan Holland “a modern-day scarlet letter” when he ordered the 32-year-old to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet while awaiting trial for aggravated assault charges stemming from a brawl between football fans. 

The case represents the latest salvo in the bail bond industry’s fight against bail reform in New Jersey and across …read more

Source: Camden

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