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Court rules Arizona bail bonds still on hook for no-shows

PHOENIX — A new court ruling said bail-bond companies in Arizona are still
on the hook for defendants who skip after a court allows them to remain free
even after they’re convicted but facing time behind bars.

Two bail-bond companies appealed after they lost bonds posted for defendants
who didn’t return to court after entering guilty pleas for crimes requiring

The companies argued that the courts shouldn’t have allowed the defendants to
remain free once their pleas were accepted.

However, the ruling by a Court of Appeals panel turned down the appeal, ruling
that courts have discretion to release the defendants pending sentencing.


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