The bail exoneration and her release came at the request of
Murphy's defense attorney, Rickard Santweir, and were approved based
on her lack of criminal history and the fact that she is not
considered a flight risk, the district attorney's office said.
"We feel like we have a very strong case against her," said Jane
Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
"We do not oppose releasing her on her own recognizance."
Murphy and her attorney hurried out of the courtroom Thursday
morning after the arraignment was over, and did not speak with
The two refused to comment on the case. The 47-year-old longtime
councilwoman and former mayor was arrested July 13 after police found
cocaine, three handguns -- registered to her boyfriend, Glendale
resident Scott Schaffer -- and 900 rounds of ammunition in her
Burbank home on Lima Street, where she lives with her 12-year-old
The Burbank city councilwoman was released the following day on
Charges against her were filed Tuesday by District Deputy Attorney
Thomas Krag, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Schaffer's alleged involvement with the Vineland Boyz street gang
led investigators to Murphy. Her arrest came the same day Schaffer,
51, was taken into custody after police found a Vineland Boyz gang
member in possession of a handgun registered to Schaffer, which was
not reported stolen.
Schaffer was arrested at his Glendale home and has been in federal
custody since without bail. He awaits an Aug. 30 trial date and is
suspected of trading handguns to the Burbank gang members in exchange
If convicted, Murphy could face three years in state prison. She
will also be removed from the Burbank City Council, where she has
served for a little over eight years.
"We're still pressing forward and trying to stay focused on
business," Burbank City Manager Mary Alvord said. "Our council
meetings have been productive."
In a statement released July 19, Murphy said she would not attend
any City Council meetings until her appearance in court, but she has
not confirmed she will be at Tuesday night's meeting, Alvord said.
"We are sort of in a wait-and-see mood, like everyone else,"
Alvord said. "The last few weeks have been productive and it's been
business as usual."
Despite the council's efforts to focus on Burbank, members have
felt the pressure of the case, and frustration of missing a council
member, she said.
"It's tough to sit there and concentrate on the issues of the
evening when 15 TV channels are there," Alvord said.