Norman Hsu Posts $2 Million Bond

Bump and Update: Norman Hsu has made his $2 million bond.

Update: The Justice Dept. will investigate Mr. Hsu's fundraising activity. Guess DOJ isn't that broke after all.

Original Post:
Norman Hsu Surrenders, Held on $2 Million Bail

Democratic contributor and bundler Norman Hsu has turned himself in on the California Arrest Warrant. Bond is $2 million (the amount on the outstanding warrant) and a hearing will be held Sept. 5 at which the Judge may reduce it to $1 million.

I won't be surprised if he bonds out today on the $2 million. Then again, maybe he'd rather do a holiday weekend in jail than fork over an extra mil.

He went to court with his California attorney and his publicist. He's got a great lawyer, James Brosnahan. Brosnahan's last high profile client was "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh.

More of Hsu's political donations are being returned:


New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer donated $62,000, the amount he got from Hsu, to charity. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who received $1,000, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who received $1,250, also were turning their money over to charity, their aides said.

Why don't the candidates send the donations to the court to be used for his bond? After all, it was his money he donated.

All of TalkLeft's Norman Hsu coverage is accessible here.

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    Now That's A Great Idea (none / 0) (#1)
    by squeaky on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 01:17:50 PM EST
    Why don't the candidates send the donations to the court to be used for his bond? After all, it was his money he donated.

    According to other articles in the NYT, (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 01:27:20 PM EST
    the addresses provided by this fellow don't check out and no one is really sure where he gets the money he has donated to New School and so many Dem politicians. He does seem to think he's smarter than law enforcement and the courts, though. Why else would he be "bundling," knowing campaign contributions are public record? Not a very smart move after skipping his sentencing on a state felony charge. Perhaps his publicist will explain.

    i founs that ammusing too. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Deconstructionist on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 01:32:21 PM EST
      It's one thing to hire a publicist,  but to have the publicist come to court so it will become part of the story seems, oh, like the kind of thing a publicist with a clue would tell you not to do-- unless the publicist was more concerned about his or her own publicity.

      Great work on crafting the case is "moving  toward resolution" though.

    I want to know (none / 0) (#4)
    by Che's Lounge on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 05:02:43 PM EST
    if Dennis Kucinich has taken any money from him.