Saturday, December 13, 2008

Judge Orders State Government Agency To Bail Out Rape Suspect

From KOMO News:

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - A Clackamas County judge has ordered the state Department of Human Services to bail a rape suspect out of jail so he can help plan care for his junior-high age son.

Judge Deanne Darling's order, obtained by The Oregonian newspaper, directs "DHS to post bail or otherwise assist father in being freed from jail."

The order does not say why Darling believes Russell Hamblen must be let out of the county jail to participate in planning discussions. Clackamas County has a closed-circuit television system and the sheriff's office often takes inmates to court hearings without releasing them from custody. [...]

Hamblen, 50, and another son, Paul Hamblen, 19, were arrested in April on accusations they provided alcohol to teenage girls and forced them to have sex. The son pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes and was sentenced to five years in prison. The father's trial is scheduled for January.

Hamblen's 13-year-old son is in foster care because his mother, Christine Hamblen, has issues with substance abuse, according to the court order. She pleaded guilty to drunken driving last week.

Family law attorneys said they have never heard of a judge ordering the state to bail out an inmate. But, they note, juvenile court records are confidential and the judge may have access to information that makes the decision an appropriate one.

This ruling is so contradictory that I don't know what to say about it, but, "Huh?"

The only explanation I can see is that this judge is basing this decision on the fact that only the brother and the mother of this boy pleaded guilty.

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At December 13, 2008 3:27 PM, Blogger Rj said...

In find it interesting that one would consider releasing a potential rapist at a $500K bond, instead of maybe, getting treatment for the mother. I just don't know.


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