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Having district court commissioners determine if defendants are indigent would compromise the commissioners’ ability to be neutral arbiters in cases, Chief Maryland District Court Judge John P. Morrissey told state senators Thursday. ‘We are not the prosecuting body,’ he said. ‘We are the neutral body.’(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)
Having district court commissioners determine if defendants are indigent would compromise the commissioners’ ability to be neutral arbiters in cases, Chief Maryland District Court Judge John P. Morrissey told state senators Thursday. ‘We are not the prosecuting body,’ he said. ‘We are the neutral body.’(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Judges, attorneys speak out against cameras in Md. courtrooms

Proposed legislation not about educating but broadcasting ‘lurid details,’ opposition tells House committee

ANNAPOLIS – A proposed bill to allow the media to record criminal sentencing proceedings was criticized by prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges at a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The critics of House Bill 81 cited a chilling effect on the rights of defendants and victims to speak at sentencing hearings if they ...

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