A recent article in the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana illustrates several legal matters useful to writers — a bench warrant for an arrest of a defendant who failed to appear for a court hearing, the use of bail to assure appearance, and how private investigators follow leads to track a fugitive who’s left the state — all in search of a character who tells a not-uncommon story.
Okay, so maybe “this is all because I protested a proposed copper and silver mine” isn’t exactly a common excuse. To my ears, it sounds like a slightly more creative than usual version of “not my fault.”
Especially because the suspect apparently did a similar runner before — for six years.
I’d say the chances of the judge setting bail at a level anywhere near what he can post are two: slim, and none.
What do you think?