NY chief judge to unveil initiative on bail

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February 5, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman plans to unveil a new initiative for how the state courts handle bail.

Lippman also plans to address the use of cameras in New York courtrooms during his annual report on the state of the judiciary Tuesday.

Courts set bail amounts for defendants accused of crimes to ensure they return to court.

In a ruling last year, the Court of Appeals noted revisions in state law were intended to reform what was once a restrictive bail scheme and make release more available to pretrial detainees, who are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

In last year's address, Lippman urged DNA testing of all misdemeanor criminals while giving defense attorneys greater access to crime scene DNA evidence, measures that were enacted.

Chief Judge Lippman will issue the 2013 State of the Judiciary Address at Court of Appeals Hall on Tuesday February 5th, 2013 at Noon. The address will be webcast live via this website.
 

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