Griffith v. State

In Griffith v. State, 641 P.2d 228, 234 (Alaska App. 1984) the Court concluded that both the state and the defendant had substantial rights at stake when the defendant applied for bail pending appeal. The Court recognized that the state had substantial reasons for limiting bail pending sentencing and appeal -- to assure the defendant's appearance and compliance with further orders of the court, and to protect the community. On the other hand, we recognized that denial of bail pending appeal had a significant impact on a defendant -- "the possibility of wrongful detention, the loss of income, the diminution of investigative opportunities, and the impairment of the family relationship."