Missouri court strikes law denying bail to some immigrants

4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago December 08, 2016 Dec 8, 2016 Thursday, December 08 2016 Thursday, December 08, 2016 5:12:55 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that denies bail to criminal defendants who cannot prove they are legally present in the U.S.

The unanimous decision Thursday comes in the case of a man who was charged with a felony for possessing a forged Social Security card. Faustino Lopez-Matias has been in jail since Sept. 3.

He was denied bail by a state judge, who cited a Missouri law prohibiting bail for defendants believed to be in the U.S. without legal permission.

The state's high court said the law violates the state Constitution, which says people have a right to be released on bail pending a trial unless they face capital charges or pose a danger to others.

The court ordered the judge to reconsider granting bail.

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