If you are unfamiliar with the bail procedures in the United States, you may be shocked to learn that the U.S. court is responsible for setting some of the highest bail amounts ever to be set anywhere in the world. For the unlucky individuals who will be discussed in this article, their cases have made history for the absurdly high bail amounts that they were forced to pay as punishment for their unforgivable crimes.
One Billion USD
In 2005, a woman who was accused of managing and running two fully operational brothels in the United States was forced to face the misfortune of receiving the highest bail amount to ever be set in U.S. history. With a bail amount set at $1 billion U.S. dollars, the Columbus judge who was responsible for this wanted to be sure that Kim Freeman was never going to be bailed out of jail, unless she was a miracle worker. However, one of the most interesting facts from this case was that Kim Freeman was not the only person or even the top person to be running these two brothels hidden in the form of massage parlors. In fact, the judge set her bail at this ridiculously high amount because he was sure that she would flee if she was given the opportunity to post bail. Moreover, the judge was convinced she would post bail if given the chance since she had many connections to other "parlor" owners (i.e. criminals) across the country.
$100 Million USD
In 2009, one of the world's most well-known hedge fund managers was arrested for committing fraud, from which he was believed to have made a profit of over $60 million USD. As one of the most successful frauds to ever have occurred in the United States, Raj Rajaratnam received a bail amount of $100 million U.S. dollars, which was set based on his estimated net worth. As part of his punishment, Raj Rajaratnam was also charged with 14 counts of conspiracy and illegal use of financial information from leaders of major corporations in the U.S. Furthermore, he received an 11-year prison sentence and was forced to pay a fine of approximately $150 million USD in addition to the bail amount and charges of conspiracy.
What's Another 100 Million Between Friends?
Similar to Raj Rajaratnam, another American citizen made bail history when a judge set his bail amount at $100 million USD. In 2010, Christopher Williams became the second individual to face an absurdly high bail amount for crimes committed in the U.S. More specifically, Christopher Williams was charged with attempted second-degree murder after having shot a man in the stomach while attempting to rob him for $250 USD. As a result, attempted murder was not the only charge that he faced at this time. In addition, he was accused of carjacking, armed robbery, and other related charges as he also stole the vehicle of the man he shot. Moreover, Christopher Williams was not "new" to the crime scene when he was arrested in 2010. In fact, he had a long history of criminal activity and felony charges. Thus, the judge chose to make sure that he could not post bail because he was considered a serious flight risk and a danger to the community.