Again, it behooves us to remember that every last American citizen innocent until proven guilty, but given the horrific nature of those online conversation transcripts, even I was surprised to learn the former 43rd District State Rep was given the leeway to turn himself in.
But after speaking with a number of defense attorneys, they unanimously assured me that, if the prosecutor and judge determine the accused is not likely to flee and he poses no threat to himself or others, then, under the auspices of an attorney, this kind of arrangement is not unusual. And it’s especially true when you’re talking about a higher profile suspect.
While we could certainly debate the merit of just how one might determine who is or isn’t a threat, but thankfully that latitude falls solely under the purview of the folks charged with seeking justice in our name.
And it’s a moot point anyway because Farnham turned himself in just as his attorney promised.
That said, considering the gravity of a child porn charge, I was equally surprised by the low $4,500 bond and the home confinement consideration. In addition to those caveats, Farnham can have no contact with minors and he must avoid all computers.
Again, the bail is directly related to the potential for flight and, though I can’t confirm this, I’d be willing to bet his health issues have something to do with the lack of incarceration. I know, I know – anyone can carry around a portable oxygen tank, but if you really look at those Daily Herald photos of Farnham entering the federal court building, it would appear that the bladder cancer has taken it’s toll.
Now, I’m sure some folks sincerely believe that putting a sick and alleged self-admitted child molester in with general prison population would bring the swiftest form of justice, but that’s not how this country rolls.
Please understand that, at least in this case, I’m not making any kind of judgment on the judge’s or prosecutor’s decision making process. All I’m saying is, given the questions that have come my way, I’m simply trying to fill in the blanks.