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Arizona Law That Denies Bail For Undocumented Immigrants Cannot Be Enforced During Court Appeal

After a brief stay, the Supreme Court denies government officials' request to keep Arizona's Proposition 100 in effect during an appeal request.

Posted on November 13, 2014, at 4:25 p.m. ET

Visitors stand in line to watch arguments on the first day of the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 6.
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Visitors stand in line to watch arguments on the first day of the new term of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 6.

WASHINGTON — Arizona cannot enforce Proposition 100, which denies bail to undocumented immigrants, while it seeks Supreme Court review of an appeals court ruling that held the measure unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied Arizona officials' request for a stay pending a request for certiorari, allowing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down the measure to stay in effect during the attempted appeal.

Justice Anthony Kennedy had initially issued a stay of the 9th Circuit ruling in response to the officials' request while the court considered the matter.

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