Judge Again Blocks Efforts By Private Citizens to Post Bail for a Man Charged with Selling a$10 Bag of Heroin

May 04, 2001

A Manhattan judge has again blocked efforts by private citizens to post bail for a man in jail for nearly a year anda half for a low-level drug offense.

Calvin Baker, who is African-American, was arrested in December 1999 when a policeman claimed that he witnessed, froma football field away, the defendant sell a $10 bag of heroin.

A juror, Paula Thompson, first hung the jury and then, in what may be the first case of its kind, posted $2,500 bailfor Baker, whom she believed was innocent. But after Baker had been free for 10 days, the judge raised the bail to$10,000. Now, the judge has again blocked attempts by a private citizen, in this case civil rights activist RandyCredico, to post bail.

Randy Credico, director of the William Moses Kunstler fund for racial justice, joins us on the telephone.


  • Randy Credico, Director of the William Moses Kunstler fund for racial justice.