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Court ruling could change California's approach to bail

from San Francisco Chronicle

A California appeals court cast doubt on the constitutionality of the bail system in California, saying the common practice of setting cash amounts so high that a suspect can't afford them is justified only for those who are too dangerous to release before trial. "A defendant may not be imprisoned solely due to poverty," said the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco in a ruling that ordered a new bail hearing for a robbery suspect held on $350,000 bail, which he can't afford to pay. more

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