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Public Question to be Voted on is Constitution Amendment #1

to allow a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case



by Zach Husser

Dear Family,

I voted early today for the candidates in New Jersey running local campaigns as well as in the United States Representative and United States Senate races. I voted on Freeholders, County Executive, United States Representative, and Cory Booker for United States Senator from New Jersey. On that ballot I saw the below Constitutional Amendment that got on the ballot because of our State Government officials. Do You read me loud and clear? The State of New Jersey, under Chris Christie is going after folk arrested in Criminal Cases! Read the below Constitutional Amendment and Vote Against it! We must never vote for folk to be arrested without being eligible for bail! We must be very mindful of what the Politicians in Trenton, New Jersey are doing! This Amendment is “Aimed Directly” at Black, Poor, and Criminals of color. Are they talking about your Family Members?

How come none of Our Politicians nor the Media spoke on this very important below Amendment. This Amendment must be voted down. Our people are under assault and most of Us don’t even know it! Vote No on Constitution Amendment #1.

The Constitutional Amendment # 1 reads as follows: On the ballot in New Jersey.

Do you approve amending the Constitution to allow a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case? This would change the current constitutional right to bail. The Change to the Constitution would mean that a court could order that a person remain in jail prior to trial, even without a chance for the person to post bail, in some situations. The Amendment also removes language in the Constitution about bail eligibility for death penalty cases. The death penalty no longer exists in New Jersey.

Interpretative Statement

The Constitution currently requires a court to grant bail to a jailed person in a criminal case before trail. If the person posts bail, the person is released from jail pending trial. The amendment would give a court the option of ordering a person to remain in jail in some situations. The court could order such detention based upon concerns that the person, if released: will not return to court; is a threat to the safety of another person or the community; or will obstruct or attempt to obstruct the criminal justice process.

The amendment authorizes the Legislature to pass laws concerning pretrial release and pretrial detention. The amendment would take effect on January 1, 2017 to allow any new laws to be enacted and their requirements to be established. The Amendment would also remove language in the Constitution about bail eligibility for death penalty cases. The death penalty on longer exists in New Jersey.

In concluding, YOU can Vote Early on November 1-2, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Go straight from your Church to the Polls. Voting on Sunday really takes Us from the Pulpit to the Polls. Vote and take ten of your friends along to Vote!

We All Must Vote,

Brother Zach Husser, National Communications Advisor
Fathers in Education Campaign, Inc.

Zachary Cornell Husser is a NY/NJ Community Organizer and member of the Columbia University men’s basketball teams of 1967–70. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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2 Comments on "Public Question to be Voted on is Constitution Amendment #1"

  1. You say the democrats have changed over the years… and cite opposition to LINCOLN as relevant proof? Um. Is it just me seeing the fault in your logic? That they’ve changed since then is a good thing. The democrats of those days turned republican after the Coolidge era.

    This propaganda about democrats being against the working man in 2014 is just as garbage as the propaganda making republicans out to be better for veterans. The reality is that both parties are banker-affiliated corporatists, but there is one of them that fights really, really hard against black’s right to vote, against first trimester abortion rights, against unions, against the most basic social safety nets, for the war on drugs, for land wars in asia, and it is NOT the dems.

  2. Zachary I read your opinion about Referendum 1 regarding bail. Please note that I agree but it not only targets black and minorities, Anyone even us White folks are subject to a very unconstitutional action by government. Remember this State is run by Democrats and the Governor is a lame duck Governor and can not pose this referendum without the State legislators voting on this. The majority vote had to come from Democrats. I see you are a well educated man, Did you know that when President Lincoln was addressing Congress about abolishing slavery, the only opposition to him were the Democrats. The Democrats were once for the working man but it seems over the years, they are for the man that doesn’t work. I am blind toward color of the skin, it’s the person inside that I look for. With all due respect, I leave you now. Yours Jim S

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