Is Freedom Inc. tapped out?
Finally, some realistic bail! At today’s initial appearance, the Dane County court commissioner set bail at $30,000 for Katoine Richardson, charged with 11 open criminal cases — five of them felonies. “Cash?” Richardson asked. Yeah, cash, the court answered.
Commissioner Jason Hanson upbraided Katoine R for “very concerning behavior that seems to violate conditions of [previous] bail. … He has an almost absurd number of open cases at this point. He has access to materials that … have expenses associated with them. … If it happened before it can happen again.”
Fitchburg police arrested Richardson, age 19, Wednesday 03-23-22. He is charged with stealing a gun and money from someone identified as KSM.
At one point in today’s hearing, Assistant District Attorney Robin Lee asked for forfeiture of the previously posted bail of $10,000 but public defender Richard Jones argued those cases were not before the court today.
Jones said that Freedom Inc. posted that previous bail but pledged the social justice warriors would not do so this time. Has Freedom Inc. learned its lesson? They will if the district attorney’s office follows through on seizing the previous bail, given that Katoine Richardson clearly violated bail conditions, those being that he not possess a weapon and breaking curfew.
Jones asked for $3,000 to $5,000 for today’s set of crimes: armed robbery, theft, juvenile possession of a firearm, felony and misdemeanor bail jumping. He is case #22cf000759.
Commissioner Hanson noted, however, that Fitchburg police found that Richardson had $2,500 in cash on him at the time of arrest, in addition to ammunition, marijuana, and the stolen gun.
During the hearing, Richardson complained that he is known as “the State Street shooter,” and — as has Allies for Black Lives Madison — implied that sobriquet was unfair. In attempting to arrest him on State Street 10-10-21, Richardson fired his gun, leading police to return fire. One of the responding police was hit by friendly fire.
UPDATE: Preliminary hearing scheduled 10 a.m. 03-31-22 before Judge Ehlke.