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CA: Sexual assault suspect released from Santa Rita jail due to COVID-19

[ – 5/5/20]

An emergency order to release non-violent inmates from jail due to COVID-19, appears to have been used to release a violent sexual assault suspect, according to an East Bay city official.

The council that wrote the order says that was not the intention.

“When the bail motion was made we strenuously objected to it,” Alameda County District Attorney spokesperson Teresa Drenick said.

“The attorney specifically petitioned Judge Reardon to reduce his bail,” Livermore Mayor John Marchand said.

There is controversy regarding the an Alameda County Superior Court Judges decision to reduce the bail, paving the way to release 61-year-old Gregory Vien from Santa Rita Jail.

Vien was arrested back in November as a suspect in a pair of violent sexual assaults that occurred back in 1997 — One in Union City, the other in the town of Livermore where he is now on home confinement.

“The gentleman was being held on $2.5 million of bail. We believe that poses a danger to the community,” Drenick said.

However, after Vien’s attorney told the judge her client has a medical condition, the judge reduced Vien’s bail down to zero.

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He hasn’t even been tried and convicted yet and everyone else has already judged him guilty. That and media are no help at all keeping this unbiased. What a fine American tradition!

The worst thing to be accused of. Pray for him and those out there dealing with similar problems. I like to describe this whole system as the invisible snowball. Everyone is usually just going through their lives while the system silently rolls in the background. Suddenly they get “hit” by the snowball, someone makes an accusation of something that may or may not have happened. Now they’re thrust into a fight for their lives and for some their innocence.

But when this invisible snowball hits nobody is prepared.

He’s in his 60s, has poor health, the purported crimes he is accused of was from 1997 and apparently hasn’t done anything of note since. Yet, the outrage…

“Innocent until proven guilty” is an obsolete phrase.

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