As reported by KEYC “In the last several years, the prosecuting attorneys in Southern Minnesota have been notorious for making unreasonable bail requests in cases like this that do not warrant it. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires that bail not be excessive. The purpose of bail is not to punish a person for being suspected of committing a crime, but to allow the arrested person to remain free until he or she can have their day in court. The amount must be no more than is reasonably necessary to keep the suspect from fleeing before a case is over.
Many prosecutors in Southern Minnesota, however, try to to set an impossibly high bail in particular types of cases (criminal sexual conduct, drug sales… etc), knowing that the high bail will effectively keep the suspect in jail until the case is over. In my view, such behavior is clearly unconstitutional. Thankfully, the judges in Southern Minnesota have, for the most part, been proponents of upholding the notion that people in this country are still innocent until they are proven guilty in court by a jury of their peers.”
Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office
July 10th, 2014