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Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger says the General Assembly will never vote to end cash bail. Given the strength of the bail-bond industry, he says, the commission bought itself ‘the biggest obstacle that you can have in the legislature.’  (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)
Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger says the General Assembly will never vote to end cash bail. Given the strength of the bail-bond industry, he says, the commission bought itself ‘the biggest obstacle that you can have in the legislature.’ (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Pretrial commission will recommend ending bail bonds

With passage uncertain, group also urges study of cash bail’s impact

A state panel on pretrial reform on Tuesday will consider whether to recommend if bail should be examined and if a risk-assessment tool should be implemented.

About Steve Lash

Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.

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