Court rejects Ind. denial of bail in murder cases
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors have to show why defendants in murder cases should be denied bail, overturning years in which the burden of proof fell on the suspect.
The justices ruled 3-2 Tuesday that murder and treason are the only crimes in which defendants are jailed without bond unless they can cast doubt on their guilt.
Under the Constitution, defendants are presumed innocent unless the state can prove they're guilty.
The court calls Indiana's law a "backwards process" and says it has "no valid justification."
However, the court upheld the denial of bond to the suspect who challenged the law.
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