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The Bond Game

For years, Trumbull courts allowed agencies to use real estate to back bail bonds, a rare practice that some say is illegal

September 1, 2013

Most of Trumbull County’s judges permitted bail bond companies here to avoid millions of dollars in insurance fees by allowing them to post bonds backed by property, a practice that some in the......

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Sep-01-13 6:49 PM

"Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter Kontos never collected forfeiture on a $250,000 bond posted for theft ring for suspect Robert Karpenko. All American Big Bob's Bail Bonding used property to back the bond."

The question should be why Judge Kontos never collected or tried to collect the $250,000 owed the county over the bond forfeiture of defendant Robert Karpenko who skipped out on his court date.

The $250,000 bond guaranteed Karpenko would appear for court proceedings in Trumbull County, which he did not.

His arrest in Florida has nothing to do with the $250,000 bond posted for his appearance in Trumbull County at a specific date. The $250,000 bond needs to be paid as Karpenko didn't make his court date - simple as that.

By Knotos not collecting the $250,000 bond for Karpenko, I have to question the whole bail bond system in Trumbull County. Who does not collect $250,000 when owed them?

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Sep-01-13 4:19 PM

Only a half century too late for my family.....the licensed Bail bondsmen (which were few) were rarely called in Warren or Trumbull Cty unless the incarcerated person requested them. The two no license "bondsmen" got all of the action putting up the same property over and over and over again with no questions asked by any of the local courts. Very small percentage of surety (insurance) bonds posted unless it was one of the only two bonding companies in the Warren area. Thanx to the former judges for assisting in putting the legal guys out of business decades ago. Congratulations to the folks who are getting things done correctly....only took fifty years!!

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Sep-01-13 12:36 PM

"Similarly, in Central District Court in Cortland, Judge Thomas Campbell said the court did not follow the correct procedures, but noted in a letter to the Tribune Chronicle, 'the county and the taxpayers did not suffer any financial loss.'

Stupid statement - blow though a stop sign where no damage occurred and nothing was hurt but a ticket was issued and see if that defense works in Campbell's court or if you pay a healthy fine. Trumbull County is corrupt.

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Sep-01-13 12:33 PM

shouldnt judges be enforcing the state laws when did they get the power to rewrite it

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Sep-01-13 11:54 AM

I don't usually like to make sweeping indictments but it is time for an examination of the courts in the Valley.

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Sep-01-13 9:55 AM

A Professor at an Akron University Courts Procedures seminar said,"In 86 of the 88 counties in Ohio, The Ohio Revised Code is the source of administering justice in Ohio. In Trumbull and Mahoning Counties? We have no clue as to what's going on."

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Sep-01-13 8:35 AM

Interesting Greg Hicks wasn't asked his opinion LOL

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Sep-01-13 7:55 AM

Again we see more corruption in Trumbull County. This time it is the judges doing the dirty deeds. Time for the Feds to intervene and whip this county into shape like they did Cuyahoga County a few years back.

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Sep-01-13 7:45 AM

The good old boys network at its best. Judges not following state law, same busted-up inter-city house worth very little used to secure bonds which are not collectable if the person jumps bail and everyone in the system making a buck. God; you gotta love Trumbull County. A whole bunch of people participating in this scam should go to jail.

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Sep-01-13 2:35 AM

Again you are talking about Trumbull County.. They make their own rules and they still don't follow them. It will never change you have it from the very top down to the very bottom (Earnhart) . There is a reason that the State adopted a policy but apparently Judge Bernard was the only Judge who followed it ... sad sad sad.

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