Why risk public safety?

September 23, 2013 

Did St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic read the lengthy file on Norman McMillan, the accused meth maker from East Carondelet? It's scary to think he did read it and still reduced McMillan's bail from $900,000 to $100,000. No judge should want to make it easy for a guy like this to make bond and get out of jail.

Baricevic put McMillan on electronic monitoring, but that's about as meaningless as a criminal swearing on his honor that he will behave.

McMillan is charged with four felonies, including endangering his 7-year-old son by mixing the meth chemicals while the child was in the house. He has previous convictions for drugs and is out on bail awaiting trial for a 2012 meth charge in Montgomery County.

His defense attorney points out that people are innocent until proven guilty. However, bail is intended to make sure that suspects show up for court and keep the public safe in the meantime. Couldn't Baricevic see that McMillan is a terrible risk on both counts.

Guess we have to hope that Montgomery County has better sense and revokes McMillan's bail in the 2012 case now in light of these latest charges.

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