US Supreme Court Rejects Appeal To Reinstate Arizona's Prop 100

Published: Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:31pm
Updated: Monday, June 1, 2015 - 8:14pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Maricopa County’s appeal to reinstate an Arizona law that denies bail to some undocumented defendants who are awaiting trial.

The decision overturns what’s known as Proposition 100, which was approved by Arizona voters in 1996. In October, a federal appeals court struck it down on a 9-2 vote.

Dan Pochoda is with the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization that challenged the law. He said he’s pleased with the decision arguing the law was unconstitutional.

"That goes against all of what we stand for, innocent until proven guilty," said Pochoda. "And no one should be punished prior to an adjudication of guilt, because obviously being in jail is serious punishment from anyone’s perspective."

Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery said he’s concerned. If released on bail, these defendants could be deported and not present for further proceedings. He also added the move is "an erosion of respect for actions by state legislatures."

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