Cohoes judge sets bail in low-level case, setting up legal challenge of new state law--Times Union

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Brendan J. Lyons

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COHOES -- A Cohoes city judge on Wednesday set bail for a man with a long history of failing to make his court appearances, setting up the first constitutional legal challenge of a new state law that prohibits judges from requiring defendants to post cash bail for certain non-violent offenses.

City Court Judge Thomas Marcelle had outlined his reasoning in a 12-page decision he issued Monday questioning whether the state Legislature  -- and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo -- had exceeded their authority by passing a law mandating that judges can never set bail in certain "non-qualifying offenses" that range from misdemeanors to felony drug trafficking.


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