Prosecutor's request in no-bail case denied

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- An appeals court denied a request by Maricopa County's top prosecutor to put on hold its ruling that struck down a law that denies bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with certain crimes.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied the request by County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who wanted the issue returned to a lower court to consider the possible dangers of releasing immigrants who pose a risk of fleeing from authorities.

Last month, the court struck down the law that denies bail to immigrants in the country illegally who have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.

The court ruled the law violates due-process rights by imposing punishment before trial.

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