Not even the prestige of Maryland’s top jurist could convince the General Assembly this year to support a state constitutional amendment to end contested elections for circuit court judgeships.Read More »
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.Read More »
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s top court has effectively decided to hold off on ordering that public defenders be provided to indigent suspects at initial bail hearings until the General Assembly acts on legislation that could make such an order moot. The ...
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The American Bar Association has urged Maryland’s top court to uphold the right of criminal defendants to be represented by counsel at initial bail hearings. In papers filed with the Court of Appeals, the ABA states that the long-recognized constitutional ...Read More »