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Name: In re Christie
Case #: B151539
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 6
Opinion Date: 10/15/2001
Subsequent History: None

Appellant Christie was president of the Ventura County Chapter of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, and was charged, along with other members of the Club, with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The trial court set Christie’s bail at ten times the amount specified in the bail schedule, but did not state specific grounds for its decision. The court stated a general belief that appellant posed a threat to minors in the community. Christie petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus. Here, the appellate court returned the matter to the trial court for the trial court to clearly state the facts upon which its decision was based. The trial court’s conclusory statements did not reveal what the trial court considered in predicting the danger to the community if Christie were released, and therefore the appellate court could not determine if there had been an abuse of discretion.