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Cook County judge refuses to reduce bond for accused 'serial stowaway'

A Cook County judge already burned once by a woman with a history of sneaking onto jets refused to release her on bond Wednesday to a not-for-profit that provides care and housing for the homeless.

Marilyn Hartman, once described by prosecutors as a “serial stowaway,” stood quietly next to her attorney, Parle Roe-Taylor, as the attorney told Judge Donald Panarese Jr. that A Safe Haven had a spot open at its West Side facility.

But Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Schwarz questioned the security at the facility and whether it would provide adequate mental health treatment, telling Panarese that it would be more “prudent” to wait for Hartman’s court-ordered psychiatric evaluation to be completed.

Two weeks earlier, Hartman got past security at O’Hare and sneaked onto a jet without a ticket, flying to the United Kingdom in an empty seat.

Panarese also raised concerns about whether A Safe Haven would be a secure enough setting for Hartman, suggesting that she has escaped stricter measures in the past.

Roe-Taylor protested Hartman’s continued confinement in Cook County Jail, saying she doesn’t represent a danger to the community and that “she’s fully cooperated when she’s taken into custody.”

Last month, Panarese had lowered Hartman’s bond and removed her from electronic monitoring — only to have her return to the airport a few days later.

READ MORE (Chicago Tribune)

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