Legal mix-up frees Ramos

Legal mix-up frees Ramos

Bernard Ramos is a free man again.

A legal mix-up has led to the release of the former caretaker at Cherry Orchard Village apartment complex, a troubled property south of Rantoul that has piled thousands of dollars in fines for unsanitary conditions.

Ramos was arrested in early April by District of Columbia police on one civil contempt warrant and one criminal contempt warrant issued by Champaign County last year.

But D.C. authorities released Ramos before he could be extradited to Illinois.

Bill Miller, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia, said Ramos posted $5,000 bond in Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was released April 12.

Miller said Ramos appeared at a hearing May 2 in Superior Court, where the U.S. attorney's office informed the court that it was not yet in possession of papers required to extradite Ramos.

"The prosecutor asked for more time to obtain them," Miller said. "The judge denied the request, dismissed the case in D.C., and that cleared the way for Ramos' release here."

Miller said some jurisdictions allow 60 days for other states to obtain extradition papers, but the District of Columbia allows only 30 days.

Joel Fletcher, Champaign County assistant state's attorney who handled the extradition, said the case should have been handled as a federal extradition but instead was processed as "a normal interstate extradition."

"This is an issue that I should have caught, and I take responsibility," Fletcher said.

He said the state's attorney's office now has the paperwork in place to secure the governor's warrant within 30 days when Ramos is again arrested.

"We are putting procedures in place to make sure this doesn't happen again," Fletcher said.

Fletcher said Champaign County officials have been assured that the warrant for Ramos' arrest remains valid.

"If the law enforcement authorities encounter him and identify him, they can pick him up," Fletcher said.

Bernard Ramos and his father, Eduardo, who were caretakers of the apartment complex, which is located between Rantoul and Thomasboro, were sought by police after they failed to appear at hearings in connection with a broken septic system at the complex. The complex typically houses migrant workers in the summer.

Last April, the Ramoses were fined more than $54,000 for failing to legally connect and repair the septic system and ordered to close down the property.

Eduardo Ramos was arrested in February. A Champaign County judge granted him permission to return to the District of Columbia for medical care. A late April hearing for Eduardo Ramos was rescheduled to late June, and he was given permission to return to Washington.

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screwtech02 wrote on May 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Only thing missing here is big floppy shoes and a squeeky nose for all the CLOWNS involved with this TRAIN WRECK.


If the "upstanding Judge" woulda kept him in ILLINOIS under ARREST, they wouldnt be lookin for him now......


DC must have better health care than Carle can provide....  Obviously.....

How's that old saying go???  "Tax dollars @ Work"........

Champaign County Judicial system = FAIL......

serf wrote on May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

They give employees internet access during breaks at McDonalds?

rsp wrote on May 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

Which Ramos are you refering to? Or do you know? It's not uncommon for a Judge to allow someone to continue medical care for a serious condition at their own expense with their own doctors. The elder Ramos has permission from the court to travel to do so. Not uncommon. Did you trip over your clown shoes?

Dann001 wrote on May 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

Wanna' buy a clue RSP? The article is talking about Bernard, the son, not Eduardo the ill father!

The whole point of the previous commenter was about the ineptness of the Champaign County Judicial System! Duh? 

Who's wearing the clown shoes now?

rsp wrote on May 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

I guess that would be you since both of them are mentioned in the article. The Constitution requires a reasonable bail or are you against the Constitution? If they were commenting on Bernard why did they bring up the father's health? He's the one getting medical care out of state not Bernard. They suggested he should be going to Carle instead. You did read the comment, right?

One person made a mistake and apologized for it, took resposibility for it, and they created procedures to make sure it doesn't happen again. That doesn't happen often enough if you ask me. Too often the same mistakes get repeated over and over because nobody accepts resposibility. That isn't what happened here. The legal system can be messy and cumbersome to say the least but what would you prefer? I already know. Quilty until proven innocent, until it's you or someone you love or believe in.

What if Eduardo were held in jail all this time? You would pay for his medical care. It wouldn't be the care he could get on the outside. It wouldn't be his doctors. What if something happened to him while he was in jail, he got hurt or something. And he died. In custody. But suppose they had the trial and the finding were that he had no control over the property, that he tried to get his son to do the right thing, etc. But because he didn't have access to his medical care you've effectively killed him. Legal issues are complicated. That's why we give people their day in court instead of convict by slander and innuendo. Don't trip over those shoes.

billbtri5 wrote on May 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

alot of effort for an issue that's over....drop it and use those resources for violent crimes

screwtech02 wrote on May 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

So, a "known slumlord" is allowed to get his day in court..  I have NO issues with that, as long as he SHOWS UP...


NOT gonna happen in this case.....

IF he woulda died in jail, it woulda been cheaper to bury the deadbeat....

Love how people "jump" to the defense of persons like this.  These guys rent to illegals, ect, how is that "ok"???

The quicker they find these guys, and throw em in jail the better, or, hell, make em pay for their stay with all that $$$ they scalped offa the illegal imigrants they had livin @ Cherry Orchard.

Really wish the INS woulda busted that place out years ago.....

rsp wrote on May 16, 2012 at 2:05 am

So you have issues. With hispanics. Who are allowed to work here by the way. And since you don't keep up the INS does keep track of them out there. Most of them live in Texas. They are people, but you have issues.