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Arkansas justice cites Johnny Cash in dissent over cash bail

A ruling that defendants can be required to pay their bail in cash drew objections Thursday from Arkansas' Supreme Court chief justice, who cited a man who had strong opinions about the legal system: Johnny Cash.

Interim Chief Justice Howard Brill cited Cash's song "Starkville City Jail" in a dissent, saying the court's majority was wrong to deny a defendant's objection to a $300,000 cash-only bail in an aggravated assault and domestic battery case.

"After being arrested for trespassing and picking flowers, Johnny Cash spent the night in the Starkville City Jail," Brill wrote. "His ballad suggests he was not taken before a magistrate or given the...

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