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March 22, 2006

Albany -- Twenty-six jailbirds were arrested today. They had to give their bail money to the American Heart Association.

The annual Cardiac Arrest fundraiser was held at the old federal courthouse. Defendants had about four weeks to raise money. Each one stood before a mock judge and jury to face various good-natured charges.

Dr. Stephen Mitchell knows the importance of a healthy heart and stood before the judge to offer what he could to help fight heart disease.

"There's so much of the money raised that is going into research for cardiovascular disease and stroke, especially heart attack which still remains the number one cause of death for Americans," said Cardiologist Stephen Mitchell.

The heart association says research is the key to finding new medicines and techniques to fight cardiovascular diseases.