MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a statement Monday endorsing passage of Statewide Amendment 1, which would create Aniah’s Law.
The amendment is on the ballot in Tuesday's general election and would allow judges the discretion to deny bond to violent criminals, Marshall said.
"As you will recall, Aniah Blanchard was the young woman who, in 2019, went missing and was later found murdered," he said. "The man charged with Aniah’s abduction and murder was out on bond at the time he committed his heinous acts, despite already being charged with multiple violent crimes, including kidnapping.
"Aniah’s case was a terrible tragedy that drew national attention, but I am here to tell you that hers is not the only case of this kind — and it won’t be the last. That’s why we need Aniah’s Law."