Cassell files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. Goodman case

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.

Paul G. Cassell, a Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. Photo by Benjamin Hager.

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.