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Maricopa County Attorney asks appeals court to delay allowing bail for some charged immigrants

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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is asking a federal appeals court to delay implementation of a ruling that allows immigrants charged with a serious felony to be released on bail.

Montgomery announced Thursday that his office has filed an emergency motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

He wants the issue returned to the district court to consider the possible dangers of releasing suspected criminals who pose a flight risk.

On Oct. 15, the 9th Circuit threw out a 2006 Arizona voter-approved law denying bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with felonies like shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.

Montgomery says the ruling will force Arizona courts to reconsider bail determinations for hundreds of pending criminal trials.

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