Indications of how the state intends to treat the representation of defendants at initial bail hearings in criminal cases may come as early as Tuesday.
BY: Associated Press
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 year that, under the state Public Defenders Act, poor defendants must have an attorney at [...]
BY: Steve Lash
Criminal defendants have a right to counsel when their bail is set, Maryland’s top court unanimously held on Wednesday. Without finding a constitutional guarantee, the Court of Appeals said the state’s Public Defender Act entitles defendants to have a lawyer present at the initial bail hearing. “What the Court of Appeals has done is end [...]
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