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State to intervene in case against bail system after SF declines

from San Francisco Gate

From Nov. 29: Attorney General Kamala Harris will intervene in case against a California law requiring criminal defendants to post bail to be freed while awaiting trial, a system that is being challenged in a lawsuit as unfair to the poor. Harris' office agreed to step in after San Francisco's city attorney and sheriff refused to defend the law, questioning its constitutionality and even-handedness. Kristin Ford, a spokeswoman for Harris, said recently the attorney general would seek approval from a federal judge in Oakland to intervene in the San Francisco case. more

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