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As we noted earlier, the machete attack in Monsey, N.Y. on the Hanukkah celebration was only the latest in a series of attacks on Orthodox Jews in the New York area.
One of the great concerns is that under a new New York bail law that is officially starting on January 1, but which is already being applied, attackers are required to be released without bail if there is no physical injury to the person attacked. So even if you know it’s a hate crime, the person yelled “F-k you, Jew,” attacked three women, and has a history of alleged assault, you would have to release her on her own recognizance, as we saw in the case of Tiffany Harris. She also has a history of not showing up for court appearances, so good luck if she shows up for her future appearances.
Former Rep. Dov Hikind called that out as allowing “open season” on Jews unless someone is severely injured.
But there’s another aspect to the new law, as we found out today, during the hearing for the Monsey attacker.
Here’s a guy who allegedly just attacked five people with a machete. One would have to say an obvious threat to the general public, who is even being accused of possible domestic terrorism with the attack.
In any event, he’s the perfect example of someone who should not get bail.
But when Grafton Thomas, 37, was brought before the court and Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic asked the judge to hold him without bail, the judge said that she couldn’t because of the state’s new “reform” laws, according to LoHud.
#UPDATE on @OANN: Grafton Thomas, the suspect accused of an anti-Semitic stabbing attack in New York, was arraigned this morning. He pleaded not guilty and his bail is set at $5 million. pic.twitter.com/EQ4Im2Eh1F
— Emily Finn (@EmilyRoseFinn) December 29, 2019
Thomas’ attorney claimed that her client had no criminal record. But he actually had menacing and reckless endangerment charges filed against him last summer in Greenwood Lake. Those charges were to be dismissed if he had no more legal issues. Did the failure to address those charges leave him free to commit Saturday’s attack? We can’t know without more information.
The judge set his bail at $5 million which he’d have to produce ten percent to get out.
#BREAKING: 37-year-old Grafton Thomas pleaded not guilty to all five counts of attempted murder and the one count of burglary. Bail is set to $5 million. He will return to Ramapo Town Court Friday, Jan. 3 @ noon pic.twitter.com/TDXw09k28a
— Nikita Ramos (@nikitaramostv) December 29, 2019
Theoretically, if he were able to produce $500,000 he could get out, although it is unlikely that he would be able to, according to the Ramapo Supervisor Michael Specht.
While this law is pushed by those on the left who don’t think anyone should be held without bail, in fact, as you can see, in practice, it actually is of greater benefit to the wealthy who could actually afford to pay a high bail.
It’s easy to see how this can be very problematic, just as not having to pay any bail and just being released is problematic for the lesser assaults. Fortunately, in this case, the judge set a high bail Thomas is not likely to make.
But what if a judge doesn’t get it, where the person is a real danger but there’s less media attention?