Pal of DA's son had it easier in airport gun case
Authorities followed an unusual recommendation from Reed on May 17 and released her son's friend Christopher J. Mueller from jail without requiring him to post bail. Reed later apologized, but she has faced persistent questions about whether her influence resulted in preferential treatment.
Herberg also noted that some airport cases, most often those involving knives and weapons other than guns, don't always prompt arrests. Police frequently allow those travelers to avoid the booking process and file charges later.
“There are all kinds of discretion that takes place in these cases, from officers' discretion to prosecutors' discretion to the discretion of judges,” he said. “It depends on the circumstances.”