Tuesday letters: Was judge fully informed?

October 8, 2013 

— I resent speculation regarding a bond reduction decision by Circuit Court Judge Alison Lee. Judges are privy only to information that is before them, as may be provided by the defendant’s counsel or the prosecutor.

A news article in The State said that the prosecutor “protested” any bond reduction. I question how much detail was given to Judge Lee since we now learn of a prior armed robbery and shooting altercation with the store clerk. While Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott vividly described the incident, was such a lurid description provided to Judge Lee?

Rather than further speculation, and grandstanding by our sheriff, has anyone thought to produce a transcript of the actual hearing?

Leo A. Dryer


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