LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Sheriff Thomas Dougherty gave a statement on Monday in response to many past inquiries about local bail, saying that bail recommendations in no way reflect his office or the District Attorney’s Office.
Dougherty included the following statement in a press release on a local man who was arrested by Deputies and released by Justice David Mahoney against the recommendation of the District Attorney’s Office:
“Due to the fact that I am always questioned on the topic of bail in cases such as these, I want to be perfectly clear to the people I serve, this subject being released is not a reflection on our Office or the District Attorney’s Office,” said Dougherty in the press release. “These Deputies are doing a remarkable job of making our county a safer place by removing these repeat offenders from our roadways. In my opinion, the District Attorney’s Office gave a fair recommendation with cash bail to ensure his return to a later court date. However, it is the Town Justices’ sole decision to set bail or not set bail.”