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Accused Walgreen's arsonist held without bail

Original post made on Feb 26, 2008

Donald Ray Williams, the East Palo Alto man accused of setting the fire that destroyed the Walgreen's building in downtown Palo Alto last July 1, has been held over without bail.

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Posted by What Dickens Said About The Law
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:00 pm

> "My client has a mental illness," Federal Public
> Defender Manuel Araujo said. "He should be in a
> halfway house or mental hospital (awaiting trial)."

If lawyers were personally responsible for any damage their clients caused while out on bail, how many lawyers would continue to work to get their clients out of jail at the expense of public safety?

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Posted by Andy
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Please don't try to blame his attorney for just doing his job. It's bad enough that elected (or planning to run for office) judges and prosecutors have to keep the Willie Horton phenomenon in the back of their minds when trying to serve the public.

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Posted by JOanna
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Something tells me there is more than meets the eye in this case. I think it is more complex. Think about what was at stake.

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