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Federal Bail and Detention Handbook 2017

Author(s): John L. Weinberg
Practice Area: Criminal litigation, Criminal procedure, Litigation
Date: Mar 2017 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402428449
PLI Item #: 205389

Federal Bail and Detention Handbook, written by the Honorable John L. Weinberg, provides judges and lawyers alike with quick, on-point answers to all aspects of federal bail and detention law. The Handbook provides legal professionals with a comprehensive guide to the Bail Reform Act of 1984, including relevant statutory language, legislative history and appellate case law. It analyzes each step of the process, including:

  • Requirements at the initial appearance
  • Factors the court considers in determining whether bail should be granted
  • What conditions may properly be attached to a release on bail
  • Proper procedures to be taken when there is a failure to appear
  • How to appeal orders of release and detention

The Handbook’s Table of Cases lists every federal appellate decision of significant precedential value that interprets or applies the Act.

Designed as a practical tool to be used both in court and the office, Federal Bail and Detention Handbook includes “Practice Pointers,” designed by Judge Weinberg to provide defense counsel and Assistant U.S. Attorneys with strategic suggestions for dealing with the Act. The book also includes sample orders and motions and a comprehensive collection of the official, nationally recommended forms relating to release and detention.
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The Honorable John L. Weinberg serves as United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Washington at Seattle. He received his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and his J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He served as a law clerk in the state courts in Illinois and in the United States District Court in Seattle and was in the private practice of law in Seattle for five years before becoming a United States Magistrate in 1973. He served as national president of the National Council of United States Magistrates in 1982–83 and has lectured nationwide on the Bail Reform Act of 1984 at seminars sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and other organizations. Judge Weinberg was admitted to practice before the courts of Washington and Illinois, and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has been a member of the American, Washington, and Seattle-King County Bar Associations, and the American Judicature Society. Within the American Bar Association, he has been a member of the Judicial Administration Division and the Criminal Justice Section and served on its Ad Hoc Committee on the Bail Reform Act of 1984.