Saturday, May 28, 2005
In cases where the accused is charged with murder, it is rare that the defendant will receive bail. In contrast in white collar cases, it is rare that the accused is not granted bail. Often, however, restrictions are placed on the defendant. The usual restrictions range from turning in a passport or gun. CNN reports here that in the "Tennessee Waltz" case of John Ford, a state senator of Tennessee, the court has placed him under house arrest. Ford has an obstruction charge premised on witness intimidation and retaliation that has caused the judge to place this added restraint on him.