Judge holds man on $12 million dollar bail after reversal of conviction
Vancouver, WA ~
On June 6, 2017, Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Lewis refused to hear a bail reduction request submitted by Pro Se Defendant, John Garrett Smith. The refusal has upheld a $12 million-dollar bail amount, deemed by many to exceedingly excessive, that was set by Lewis nearly two and half years earlier for the attempted murder of his wife.
On December 3, 2014, after a 3-day bench trial before Judge Robert Lewis, Garrett Smith was convicted of 2 crimes, Attempted Murder II and Assault II. Smith was later sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime that did not occur.
During the January 30, 2015 sentencing hearing, Lewis RAISED the $10 million-dollar bail amount requested by the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office to $12 million without so much as an objection from Smith’s defense counsel or an explanation from Lewis as to why the increased bail amount.
On October 4, 2016 in a unanimous decision, the Washington Court of Appeals Division II REVERSED Smith’s Attempted Murder II conviction but reaffirmed the Assault II conviction, an offense which Smith had already served the maximum sentence range of 15 months.
On November 3, 2016, the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office submitted a petition for discretion review to the Washington Supreme Court.
On June 8, 2017, the WSC was set to review the petition briefs in chambers. A response from the State Supreme Court may not be known for at least another 3 months.
For the past 8 months, John Garrett Smith has remained in DOC custody without an active charge against him for which time has not been served. While it is understandable why Smith may still be held in custody, it is not reasonable for Smith to be held for such an excessive bail amount. For more information regarding the struggles of John Garrett Smith, visit garrettsvoice.com.