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Douglas Colbert, who directs the Access to Justice Clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, calls the way the proposed legislation is headed ‘a huge disappointment.’ (File photo)
Douglas Colbert, who directs the Access to Justice Clinic at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, calls the way the proposed legislation is headed ‘a huge disappointment.’ (File photo)

Bill on bail hearings gaining traction

Hearing Wednesday on bill that would remove commissioner discretion

The pretrial-reform legislation gaining the most traction in the General Assembly this session could render moot the right to counsel at initial bail hearings by eliminating the discretion of district court commissioners in deciding who is released or remanded to custody before trial.

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