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CT Supreme Court creates avenue for people to fight high bail

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A recent Supreme Court decision gives people accused of crimes the power to contest, with evidence, prosecutors’ claims about how much bail is reasonable — a change that will likely provide more protection to people fighting bail bonds they can’t afford.

The decision in Connecticut v. Qinxuan Pan emerges after Pan, a defendant accused of murder who later skipped town, unsuccessfully requested that a trial court modify his $20 million bond and instead offer a 10% cash bail option — which allows for people to pay 10% of their bail amount in cash and avoid pre-trial incarceration. 

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