California Supreme Court reinstates bail reform from landmark Humphrey ruling

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Robert Salonga in the San Jose Mercury reported: California Supreme Court reinstates bail reform from landmark Humphrey ruling2018 appellate decision moved trial judges away from ensuring court appearances with fixed bail schedules, toward non-cash alternatives.

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In lauding the Humphrey ruling, San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju also said the remaining question of the case before the high court — about when the state can constitutionally deny bail in a non-capital case — is something to closely watch.

“We continue to urge that the state constitutional ‘no bail’ detention provision be limited to those who are truly unlikely to appear for court hearings or to those charged in felony cases where release is likely to result in great bodily injury,” Raju said in a statement. “The reality now is that there are many persons, jailed while awaiting trial, that fit neither category.”

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