On Monday, the state of Illinois became the first state in the United States of America to totally eliminate cash bail. Without cash bail, a person can now commit crimes and offenses all the way up to 2nd-degree murder and only receive something similar to a parking ticket.
The offender would then be given a court date thirty to ninety days later for the offense. However, that same person would then know that they could then go out and commit even more crimes before the assigned trial date.
On the same day that no-cash bail became a law throughout the Land of Lincoln, this concept is already being exploited in the state capital.
Earlier this year, Springfield EMS workers Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan were charged with the first-degree murder of Earl Moore, Jr. (35 years of age).
Authorities were at the home of Moore, Jr. because he claimed that he was at home and was seeing multiple people in his house with guns. When the police get there, then they realize that he was hallucinating because he was the only person at the residence.
The officers then called for paramedics to show up in regards to the medical episode. Finley and Cadigan place Moore, Jr. on the gurney face-down instead of face-up. Moore, Jr. then dies of asphyxiation because he was smothered by the paramedics.
Back in June, Finley paid the $1 million bond that was appointed by the judge while Cadigan did not pay the bond. Cadigan is still in police custody.
Since both people were assigned bail and no-cash bail ended yesterday, Cadigan's attorney filed a motion to have his client released because he would technically no longer have to pay bail now.
The judge presiding over this case has not assigned a date on when there will be a ruling on this motion. However, if this judge rules that Cadigan can be released due to no-cash bail, then this judgment would already set a new precedent.
The ruling could supersede the SAFE-T Act in which a person would not be detained for committing first-degree murder. Since first-degree murder is the highest offense a person can commit within the Land of Lincoln, then that would mean that nobody within Illinois would ever be detained for committing any crime within this state. This ruling on Cadigan's bail could potentially bring "The Purge" to real life.