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Attorney-bail issue spurs constitutional debate

The General Assembly was within its constitutional prerogative to earmark $10 million from the Maryland Judiciary’s budget and direct judges to appoint attorneys when needed to represent arrested individuals at initial bail hearings, constitutional scholars say.

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Bill to change public defender law advances

ANNAPOLIS — Measures advanced in both legislative chambers Tuesday that would repeal a Maryland law requiring that poor defendants have a public defender present when district court commissioners are setting their bail. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled earlier this ...

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