by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Supreme Court justices have determined that 40-year-old Jimmy Chin Song's bail was modified without a proper application to the Superior Court and in violation of statutory authority. In a decision handed down just a day after oral arguments were presented to the appellate panel, justices ordered today that the increased $250,000 bail amount be vacated and that the $50,000 cash bail amount be reinstated.
Song's defense attorney, Randy Cunliffe, has argued that the government and the Superior Court failed to follow the rules when they increased the bail amount for his client, who faces charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault for the death of 27-year-old Yunmo Ku. The high court determined that the release conditions of a person who already admitted to bail cannot be altered unless a modification is properly brought before the court.
Song has already posted the $50,000 bail and is expected to be released from jail this evening. He is set to go to trial next month.