Illinois Supreme Court Stops Plan To Abolish Cash Bail

  • Hours before the new law was to be implemented, the Illinois Supreme Court halted a law that would end cash bail for criminal defendants in the state.
  • Kankakee County Circuit Judge Thomas Cunnington had ruled earlier in the week that Illinois’ Democrat-controlled General Assembly violated the constitution’s separation of powers clause and that the end or continuation of cash bail should be the judiciary branch’s decision.
  • In response to an appeal the Illinois Attorney General filed on Friday in response to the local judge’s ruling which ruled the act was unconstitutional, the high court enacted a stay on provisions of the legislation.
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