NJ High Court Forbids Detaining Migrants To Block Removal

Law360 (March 31, 2021, 9:25 PM EDT) -- New Jersey judges may not order a pre-trial detention for unauthorized immigrants who are charged with crimes in order to prevent federal authorities from deporting them, according to a ruling from the state's highest court.

The New Jersey Supreme Court handed down the 5-2 decision Tuesday in a set of consolidated appeals from the state challenging the courts' refusal to detain three migrants.

One of the released migrants, Oscar Lopez-Carrera, was charged in 2019 with second-degree attempted sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact stemming from an alleged assault attempt on a minor. The other defendants, Juan C. Molchor and Jose...

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