University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a closely watched case involving the circumstances under which the Constitution permits an accused sex offender to be denied bail pending trial.
The case, Arizona v. Goodman, involves a divided decision by the Arizona Supreme Court, striking down a provision in the Arizona Constitution that rendered a defendant categorically ineligible for bail if “the proof is evident or the presumption great” that he committed a crime of sexual assault.
Cassell filed the brief with Allyson Ho from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The brief urges the Supreme Court to review the case.