SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Alleged voyeur Dana Bishop was released from the Springfield jail Tuesday on $10,000 bail.
Leading up to Tuesday’s hearing, Bishop was held without bail for the last three weeks, a decision the judge made for the victim’s safety.
The state constitution says all offenses are bailable except murder and treason; considering Bishop is only charged with invasion of privacy, it’s uncommon for him to be held with out bail, even for this long. At the hearing Bishop and his lawyer asked for his release until his trial.
The victim’s family lined one courtroom aisle, While more than a dozen of Bishop’s family members and friends gathered at the hearing, wearing yellow ribbons around their wrists to show their support. Tuesday was the first time Bishop had a group of supporters in court and it was also the first time he appeared in person.
Both lawyers had already discussed the possible outcomes of the hearing, which expedited the hearing.
“Having been educated on the laws on what it takes to hold somebody, it wasn’t a surprise,” said Chrystal Stutesman, alleged victim’s mother.
Those laws were exactly what the judge noted in his decision to release Bishop, highlighting the Oregon constitution.
“All offenses are bailable, except for treason and murder, and I still have to remember that he’s presumed to be innocent,” Judge James Strickland, Springfield Municipal Court.
The victim’s family and their lawyer hoped the judge might offer some extra consideration.
“I don’t blame the courts, they had to work within what the law says; but we were hoping that since he might be a safety risk to us, and to the other kids in the neighborhood he now might be living in, that he might be held,” Stutesman said.
The judge ruled otherwise ordering Bishop’s release, but with some conditions. He’s barred from going east of 58th Street in Springfield or anywhere near the family’s team soccer fields. Bishop must move from his house next door to his alleged victim, to a temporary living situation four miles away.
The stipulations are meant to keep the victim safe, but her family worries they’re not enough.
“I’m glad they’re in place; but again, we’re having to base things on the word of a man who’s accused of already not making a good decision, and who we don’t know if he’s mentally stable or not. So trusting his word that he’ll stay out of our neighborhood doesn’t make us feel a lot better,” Stutesman said.
It did seem to make Bishop’s family and friends feel better, many who pledged during the hearing to help him abide by his bail arrangements.