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Law digest – 2/27/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, Competency evaluation: Defense counsel’s passing request to have defendant “evaluated” was not sufficient to trigger the trial judge’s duty to make a determination of competency. Kennedy v. State, No. 51, Sept. Term, 2013. RecordFax ...

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Panel takes up pre-trial assessment bill

A proposal to replace initial bail hearings before court commissioners with objective pre-trial release risk assessments drew concern Tuesday from delegates leery of the project’s undetermined cost and the ability to assess accurately when a detainee can be released without presenting a threat to public safety.

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Professional liability policy may cover foreclosure fraud

An Ellicott City title company has moved a step closer to recovering more than $100,000 it paid to settle a civil action by the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, which accused it of participating in a scheme to defraud Maryland homeowners facing foreclosure.

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