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Monday, May 12, 2008

Dotson Found Guilty

Glen Dotson was found guilty today of conspiracy to commit murder and delivering a firearm to a known felon. Dotson’s trial began one week ago in US District Court in St. Louis. Dotson was found guilty of conspiring with Virgil Lee Jackson to murder competitor Gerald “Jerry” Cox. The jury reached a verdict of guilty on both counts and he was taken into federal custody. He will be sentenced at a later date. The sentence range is 10-14 years.

Glen Dotson and Virgil Lee Jackson, both formerly licensed bail bond agents, conspired to murder Cox in 2005. Jackson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder last August and was sentenced to 10 years.

Story on KSDK 5/12/2008
STL Post Dispatch 5/12/2008

My Previous coverage:
Lee Jackson held on federal charges 4/1/2006
Dotson Arrested/New Charges for Jackson 6/2/2006
Dotson/Jackson trial postponed 6/8/2006
Arraignment 6/13/2006
Trial postponed again 10/28/2006
Dotson Freed on Bond 11/15/2006
Jackson Accused of Another Murder Plot 11/22/2006
January Trial Date Postponed 1/22/2007
March Date Postponed 3/19/2007
Jackson Pleads Guilty 8/13/2007
Dotson Faces New charges 8/27/2007
Jackson Sentenced 11/1/2007
Jackson's Bail License Revoked 2/8/2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

Show-Me Daily Blogs About Bail Industry

The Show-Me Daily Blog recently opined about the Riverfront Times article concerning the saga of Lee Jackson and the legislative activities of the MPBBA. The Show-me Daily is hosted by the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri public policy think tank. The posts encourage readers to read the whole Riverfront Times article and selects key quotes to demonstrate the history of the MPBBA and its political agenda.

In another post on the same site, blogger David Stokes writes of his support of private bail and the US system. The blog also posted an article concerning its thoughts on professional licensing in general. Stokes thinks that the bail industry is one of the industries that should have some sort of professional registration, although is not supportive of the idea of state regulatory bodies' relationships with trade associations because as he writes, "because existing firms will always try to use political muscle to limit their competition from the outside."

I encourage you to click the links for a different perspective from outside the bail industry.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bail Agents Return Fire in Kansas City

The following report was posted on the Kansas City Star website:

Two bond agents looking for a bail jumper exchanged gunfire with a man Tuesday night inside a house in the 2600 block of Park Avenue. No one was hurt. Police said 13 people were in the home when the bond agents arrived to arrest a 34-year-old man who had skipped his court date, leaving the bond company responsible for his $2,000 bond. Someone slammed the door in the bond agents’ faces. As the agents tried to pry it open, someone inside began firing through the door. One agent fired one shot back. When police came, the home’s occupants surrendered. Detectives questioned two occupants, including the bail jumper. No charges were filed in the shooting, pending further investigation.