Appeal challenging bail bond reforms dismissed

February 26, 2019

A federal appeals court in Denver has affirmed a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that dismissed a 2017 challenge to bail bond reforms.

The Bail Bond Association of New Mexico had argued the new rules violated defendants’ rights to reasonable bond.

The appeals court agreed with U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell that the challenge was based on a misinterpretation of the law and lacked legal merit. Junell dismissed the case in 2017.

The plaintiffs could appeal the appellate court’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, but lawyer Blair Dunn, who represents the plaintiffs in the case, said he’ll likely ask the court to reconsider before taking that step.