Thursday, March 18, 2010

Judges Deny Bail Bondsman Signing Privileges

Criminal Court Clerk candidate Vernon Johnson has been denied approval to write bail bonds because of his "terrible history," according to a blistering order signed this week by nine Criminal Court judges.

The judges, who regulate conduct of bail bondsmen who operate in Shelby County courts, cited numerous violations by Johnson since 1976, including often writing bonds in excess of the total amount authorized by the court.

"He has a terrible history with this court, and has not shown that he should be granted the privilege of entrusting him with the liberty of our defendants, bond powers and court documents," the judges said in a 24-page order. "He has repeatedly and consistently betrayed the trust this court has vested in him time and time again over a period of 34 years.

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