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Jackson Denied Bond
2005-04-06

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Judge James Schreier denied bond March 29 for Michael Jackson, the former Chicago Department of Public Health worker who stands accused of first-degree murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking in the Feb. 4 death of taxi driver Haroon Paryani.

Tom Breen, Jackson's attorney, claimed that the felony murder theory that hovers over the suspect is 'fiction' and that it defied logic that Jackson continued to sit in custody when the state had not decided if it plans on seeking the death penalty. Breen added that the situation is 'not, under any stretch of the imagination, a capital case,' going so far as to indicate his surprise that the situation was classified as such.

However, Assistant State's Attorney Mercedes Luque Rosales responded that Breen should not be surprised, stating that a suspect can be held without bond even if there's a possibility of a natural life sentence.

Breen said that, on the night in question, Jackson was more of a victim than an attacker. The attorney contended that Jackson was subject to 'aggression by a felonious driver. There's even a track record of the cab driver doing this type of activity.' He also stated that the suspect got away from the scene and surrendered to authorities.

However, Schreier sided with the prosecution by saying that state law is clear on the matter. According to the judge, the statute states that even if the state does not seek the death penalty, a person can be held without bond if there is the possibility of a life sentence.

Another hearing is set for April 7; in this proceeding, the defense will be allowed to present witnesses. By that date, the state agreed to comply with Schreier's requests to let the defense know if it plans to seek the death penalty and to make sure that the other side has all discovery documents.


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