A St. Louis man, Samuel Lee Scott, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, beating her to death hours after being bailed out by The Bail Project. He had been jailed for a domestic assault charge after earlier striking her and threatening to “finish what (he) started.”
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Scott admitted that he struck Johnson, according to police. He had multiple previous drug and assault convictions.
The St. Louis branch of The Bail Project posted his $5000 bail on April 9, as indicated in court documents obtained by the Associated Press. Also on that day, the court granted his wife’s request for an order of protection and he was duly notified that he was prohibited from going to her residence or within 300 feet of her.
That same evening, it is reported Scott went to the home of Marcia Johnson, his wife.
Several hours later, Johnson was found unconscious by a friend. A probable cause statement said she was “unconscious, had a broken eye socket, several broken ribs, and was bruised from head to toe.”
Johnson died April 14, five days after Johnson was put out on the street by the liberally blinded, misguided “do-gooders.”
Robin Steinberg, executive director of The Bail Project said in a statement that the organization was “deeply saddened,” but bail wasn’t to blame for Johnson’s death. No one could have predicted this tragedy. It’s important to remember that had he been wealthy enough to afford his bail, or bonded out by a commercial bail bond agency, he would have been free pretrial as well. In times like this, we must come together for this family and keep sight of the need to transform the larger systems that create poverty, racism and violence, including the pretrial bail system.”
According to the group’s website, “The Bail Project is an unprecedented effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the system. We pay bail for people in need, reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.”
The group’s site describes its members as “passionate advocates” as well as “Bail Disruptors and Client Advocates … many of whom have experienced the bail system firsthand.”
Unsurprisingly, this whole effort to transform the system is about liberal resistance. The group states in writing on their site: “We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration. Bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court. We won’t stop until meaningful change is achieved and the presumption of innocence is no longer for sale.”
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