New caselaw regarding bail withholding

Scales of Justice

Simpson/Martinez v. Miller (State)

February 9, 2017. This case considered the constitutionality of a bail provision under Arizona law. Arizona state Constitution and laws forbid bail for defendants accused of sexual conduct with a minor under age 15 under certain circumstances where it is likely the defendant committed the crime. The  Arizona Supreme Court decided that the prohibitions are not narrowly focused to protect public safety, and are unconstitutional. To withhold bail, an individualized determination of dangerousness must be made. 

Read the case here.

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