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Lawyer Kidnaps Client for Non-Payment

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posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 04:11 PM
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WACO, Texas- A Waco Texas lawyer is in some hot water for allegedly kidnapping a man at his own wedding. The man owed her five-thousand dollars for legal fees. The man was abducted and handcuffed by Paula Adams and associates. He was then ordered to place phone calls to his family while being driven around. After his wife called to make payment arrangements, they set up a place to meet. Its there that the man made his escape.
 



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Police say Paula Allen, 51, took Rolando Castelan from his Dec. 10 wedding and then drove him around in handcuffs as Castelan called friends and family from a cell phone to scrounge up the money he owed his lawyer, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported for its Friday edition.

Castelan, 31, hired Allen in April when he was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, tampering with a government document and possession of a controlled substance.

Allen vouched for Castelan's bond amount of $5,000, police said. Six months later, a grand jury indicted Castelan on the drug possession charge, but he failed to show up to court.


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Whats next? Can the hospital kidnap you and place the kidney stones back inside you, for non-payment? She isn't a bounty hunter, and has no right to detain anyone, let alone at their own wedding. There are legal avenues to pursue. If she knew where he was and he was wanted, why not call the cops, and go from there? I've never been a huge fan of lawyers on a whole, but this is ridiculous.

Also interesting to note is that the lawyer was freed on a "personal recognizance bond" which is usually reserved for misdemeanors. Not felonies, as in this case. The woman is (was) a professional. She should have known better. She needs her license stripped and some time behind bars as a lesson to other would-be abducter/bill collectors.

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[edit on 15-1-2006 by spliff4020]

[edit on 14-2-2006 by DJDOHBOY]




posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 04:41 PM
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Keep in mind that apparently this Lawyer did post this dirtbags bail. I think that there may be some issues with not having a licensed bail enforcement agent license, but this may all come out in court. He sure doesn't sound like an upstanding citizen.



posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 05:03 PM
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Your right. The guy sounds like scumbag, but still.... Thats no different than Visa or Verizon taking someone hostage who didnt pay the bill. A lawyer, of all people should know that. And why was she given a PR bond on a felony? Connections, anyone?

Unless she's a bounty hunter, she cant do it. Maybe pick him up and return him to jail, but to kidnap him at HIS WEDDING and extort his family... c'mon now... That just aint right.



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 11:59 AM
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It would appear since the attorney was in fact acting as the bailperson she was well withn her right to detain him.


In Carter v. State, 139
So. 618, 620 (Miss. 1932), the Supreme Court of Mississippi
explained that bailbondsmen “may arrest their principal anywhere or
authorize another to do so.”
See also United States v. Keiver, 56
F. 422, 426 (W.D. Wis. 1893) (“The bail have the custody of the
principal, and may take him at any time or in any place.”);
Fitzpatrick v. Williams, 46 F.2d 40, 41 (5th Cir. 1931) (“[T]he
right of a bail to arrest and surrender [his principal] . . . is a
private one and . . . there would seem to be no obstacle to its
exercise wherever the surety finds the principal.”

caselaw.findlaw.com...



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 12:36 PM
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Shots--

Yes.. it would be fine if she arrested him. She didnt. She drove him around and forced him to call relatives, begging them for money. Thats not what a bondsman does. If you break your bond, you go back to jail. You are not forced to extort money from your realitives (who are waiting for you back at your wedding).



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 12:39 PM
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One word. Psycho. People like this just don't know when to stop, still, its better than blowing up buildings.


I have to admit that I laughed reading that though. Would be a good idea for a movie.



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 09:09 PM
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The lawyer is guilty, for the reasons given: extortion. Unless it was a scam set up between the lawyer and the groom to con money from the bride. But for only $5K?



posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 03:29 AM
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Unless it was a scam set up between the lawyer and the groom to con money from the bride. But for only $5K?



ya, and not to mention-



Castelan, 31, hired Allen in April when he was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, tampering with a government document and possession of a controlled substance.


that alot of time in the joint to split 5 grand with someone, dontcha think?




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