Court to hear appeal over Arizona's no-bail law

Court to hear appeal over Arizona's no-bail law

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PHOENIX (AP) - An appeals court in San Francisco is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over an Arizona law that denies bail to people who aren't authorized to be in the country and are charged with certain felonies, such as murder or sexual assault.

The case will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Proponents say the law prevents people who aren't authorized to be in the country and skip out on their bail from committing future offenses.

Critics say the law's real intent is to punish immigrants before they have been convicted of crimes.

A three-member panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals previously rejected a challenge to the no-bail law, but the challengers succeeded in getting an 11-member panel of the court to consider the case.

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