Bond Court – A Joke You Won’t Laugh At

For the past two years we have been letting the public know about the problems with bond court in Charleston County. The case of Antwon Rashad Brown is yet another in a long list of examples. Regular readers already know what to expect. New readers might be stunned at how the bond system works here.

Meet Antwon Rashad Brown. He was arrested on 25 February, 2014 and charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. It seems Brown, who resides at 1304 North Sherwood Drive shot someone near the intersection of South Sherwood Drive and Argonne Street. He currently has a $50,000 bond on the weapon possession charge and no bond on the attempted murder.

Normal folks who are not familiar with bond court in Charleston County might be content with that. Keep reading and we are pretty sure your satisfaction will be shattered once we review Brown’s criminal history and his experiences with bond court.

In August of 2012 Brown was arrested on charges of PWID Marijuana 1st Offense and on 27 August, 2012 was given a personal recognizance bond of $10,000 by Judge Linda Lombard who thought Brown’s word was worth that much.

Note the additional entry for a bond of $0.00 by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston dated 22 March, 2013. We will explain that in a bit.

This charge is still pending.

 

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Less than three months later, while free on his $10,000 PR bond Brown was arrested on 2 November and charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol. Even though he was already free on a $10,000 PR bond when he committed this offense, Judge Priscilla Baldwin deemed it entirely appropriate to give Brown another PR bond of $5,000.

Note the bond update by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston on 22 March, 2013. We will get to that in a bit.

This charge is still pending.

 

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Less than two months after his last arrest, and while free on two public recognizance bonds, Brown was arrested on 3 January, 2013 and charged with Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. In this incident, Brown decided to rob a friend at gunpoint as Brown was getting his hair twisted.

Bond was set on those two charges at a total of $100,000 and Brown was released from jail on 10 January, 2013.

 

Antwon Brown

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Here is where things get a bit fuzzy. It seems there was a motion for bond reconsideration filed on 11 March, 2013. Since Brown was already free on two PR bonds and $100,000 bond paid on 10 January it makes sense to assume the motion was filed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. We know, it seems rare, but apparently it does happen.

That motion was heard by Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston on 22 March, 2013 and the Judge set a total bond of $125,000, inclusive of all charges up to this point. That bond was guaranteed on 26 March by the company that bonded Brown out of jail in January.

All of these offenses are still pending.

In November of 2013, just eight months after that bond reconsideration, Brown was arrested again and charged with PWID Marijuana 1st Offense. Judge Priscilla Baldwin released Brown yet again on a $5,000 bond.

This charge is still pending.

 

Antwon Brown

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As 2014 rolled around Brown had five charges pending for guns, robbery and drugs and was free on a total bond of $125,000. A normal person would think he would lay low. In fact, the conditions of his bond set a 7 pm to 7 am curfew for Brown at his mother’s house on North Sherwood. His mother was supposed to report any violations. Given what we have learned about female thug supporters over the past two years, does anyone else think Judge Hughston was either naive or just plain stupid to think that would happen?

In January of 2014 Brown was charged with Criminal Domestic Violence 1st Offense. He was released on a standard bond of $2,505.00.

This charge is apparently still pending.

 

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Brown was arrested again on 6 February, 2014 and charged yet again with PWID Marijuana 1st Offense. This time Judge Linda Lombard set a bond of $50,000. Brown was released the same day.

This charge is still pending.

 

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Now free on a total bond of $282,505.00 Brown was arrested yet again on 18 February, 2014 and charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights. His bond was set at $25,000 by Judge Linda Lombard. He was released on 19 February.

 

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Now comes 24 February, 2014. Brown is free on a total bond of $207,505.00 and has eight pending GSC charges and one pending magistrates court charge when he shoots his next victim on South Sherwood and is jailed again.

We hate to tell you this folks, but Brown is NOT the only violent thug running your streets while having multiple offenses pending and multiple bonds on those offenses. He is just the latest example of a broken system. A system the thugs don’t fear because it is a joke.

Now, in the past we hammered the 9th Circuit Solicitors Office for not pursuing bond revocations enough. Based on what we have seen, as long as those bond reconsideration hearings are going to end up before Judge Thomas “Felon’s Friend” Hughston we can understand why the 9th Circuit Solicitor doesn’t feel it is worth it to waste the time or manpower to do it. You can thank your legislators for reappointing that joke of a judge.

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  1. Scott, if you only knew! I am a retired Deputy Sheriff from Charleston County and can attest to the total dysfunctional way the court conducts it business. Especially Lombard! As a Deputy sometimes you wonder if Lombard is there to conduct a impartial bond hearing or if she is acting as the suspect’s defense attorney.
    What I would recommend is that if you are interested in the truth of how that court operates take the time to attend one of the bond hearings, just watch them in action so you can a birds eye view of how you are being protected from the thugs which infest the county.

  2. While this is an egregious case and his bond should probably be revoked, the inital concern for bond should be will he show up to court. It is only in the last 50 years that the purpose of bond has shifted to public safety. While it certainly appears that brown is guilty you repeatedly mention that the charges are still pending. That means hes innocent until proven guilty. That principle has served us well since the founding.

    1. You have a point with regard to the purpose of a bond. Unfortunately, times have changed and more and more of these criminals are being released again and again to prey on society. Bonds are not supposed to be punitive in nature. That’s the argument we get all the time and we actually agree with it. However, there is nothing wrong with progressive bonds for those who continue to offend while out on bond. When a criminal can rack up three, four, five or more charges while awaiting trial and repeatedly be released on bond, we have a serious problem. The lack of effort by solicitors to move for bond revocation in those instances is simple negligence. The refusal of judges to participate in the process is bordering on the criminal. They don’t care. They have immunity. Innocent until proven guilty is great, but if a person is repeatedly arrested, many times for the same offense, there is some fire behind all that smoke. Common sense changes have to be made.

  3. The problem in this state is that they are so money hungry they don’t care if there’s dangerous people on the streets as long as they can get money out of it!

  4. Why would anybody be surprised at this…….it’s typical government, 3/4 of the judges out there are so bored they almost sleep in the courtroom……if you think this is outrageous, try dealing with DSS…..you will think you have been invaded by the gestapo…..

  5. This thugs parents are just as popular with the court system. They are huge drug traffickers. Just like the Capers family, mom motivates him to sell drugs.His father Rackz WOS is the leader of the wheels of soul bike gang(if you remember about the murder that happened at the bike shop on Dorchester Rd, killing Maurice Horry).His cousin Brittney Mack is starting a rival on her thugbook page.Looks like she has served some time behind bars. Maybe it’s the neighborhood, note they are all from the same area as the Capers such trash.

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