- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether it’s constitutional for the state to impose a blanket ban on bail for people believed to be guilty of sexual conduct with some minors.

The court announced Wednesday that the justices will review a lower court’s ruling that overturned a bail prohibition. The provision applies when a person is accused of sexual conduct with minors under age 15 and there’s either clear proof of the crime or a strong presumption of guilt.

A state Court of Appeals ruling said defendants are entitled to hearings for judges to consider whether any release conditions would protect victims and the community.

The lower court’s ruling said a state constitutional provision and a related state law run afoul of a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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