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Lawmakers, ACLU back bill to strip governor of parole decisions

Lawmakers, ACLU back bill to strip governor of parole decisions

Lawmakers from Baltimore will introduce a bill to take parole decisions away from the governor, saying chief executives from both parties have bowed to political pressure and gone 20 years without adopting any Parole Commission recommendation to release a prisoner sentenced to life in prison.

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MDEC program could raise court filing fees

MDEC program could raise court filing fees

Maryland’s top judge will brief the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Tuesday afternoon about the Judiciary’s program for appointing attorneys to provide counsel to indigent defendants at initial bail hearings before district court commissioners.

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The chair’s new class

The chair’s new class

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vallario Jr. might understandably feel more like a college guidance counselor than the head of an influential panel during the first weeks of the 2015 General Assembly session, which begins Wednesday.

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