Unusual but not completely unheard of … see the Cleveland news (click)

Usually a Judge accepts the bail recommendation by the prosecutor or LOWERS the amount the prosecutor asks for since prosecutors ask for as much as they think they can get.  In my experience, it is RARE that a Judge imposes a bail amount HIGHER than the prosecutors ask for.  See below an excerpt from the AP — the prosecutors asked for five million and the Judge imposed the higher amount of eight million.  It hints how much the Judge is enraged by the crime and the accused.

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“….Kathleen DeMetz, a public defender assigned to represent him at the hearing, didn’t comment on his guilt or innocence or object when prosecutors recommended bail be set at $5 million. The judge, instead, ordered Castro held on $8 million…”

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