I received this an e-mail from a Michael Stogner. It’s also posted at the San Mateo Daily Journal Community Forum. Mr. Stogner writes…
Subject: Equal Justice, San Mateo County Style, $3,000,000.00 Bail vs None
Currently we have 2 cases in our courts. One an 18 year old female child/young adult, the other a mature male who works for the Federal Government. Both cases involve cars and causing damage to property and persons.The difference is the 18 year old girl did the right thing after crash. She stayed at the scene of the accident.She did not run away, she did not hide. She has a $3,000,000 bail set in her case, some say that is excessive, her actions caused the deaths of three people, but her actions after the crash show she did the right thing.
The other case the man did the wrong thing, he smashed his car into another car with a woman in it, he refused to give her his license and insurance information and fled the scene of the crash. His license plate remained at the crash site. Six days later he reports to the Belmont Police Department….SIX DAYS. Belmont Police recommend he be charged with Felony Hit and Run, with Personal Injury. There is no evidence he has been arrested, No Bail Set, and the District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of James P. Fox charged him with a misdemeanor, not the felony.
Doesn’t look like Equal Justice
The first case Mr. Stogner is referring to is the case of Edith Delgado, the 18-year-old California girl who killed three members of the Tongan royal family after she crashed into their SUV while she was racing another car.
In the second case, as far as I can tell, no one died or was injured.
Mr. Stogner, Edith Delgado did not do the right thing. She was illegally racing and is responsible for the deaths of three people. $3M bail is not unreasonable. The man mentioned in the second case should have been arrested and charged with a felony but in no way do I believe he should have been given $3m bail. You’re comparing apples and oranges. Or in this case vehicular homicide with a fender bender.