- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Supreme Court over changes to the bond system, finding the case was without merit.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the ruling issued Monday came after the Bail Bond Association of New Mexico, some state lawmakers and a woman who spent time in the Albuquerque jail filed the suit in July to challenge the new bond rules.

The state Supreme Court issued the rules after voters last year supported a constitutional amendment to allow people who do not pose a risk to be released from custody even if they cannot afford bail. It also allowed people to be held in jail without bail until their trial if they are deemed dangerous.

The bond association claimed the new rules harmed its profession.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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