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Tag Archives: bail reform

Risk-assessment legislation draws cost, efficacy concerns

Del. Julie Palakovich Carr, D-Montgomery County. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – A bill to require triennial evaluations of the questionnaires many judges use to assess whether defendants should be released before trial drew criticism Tuesday from lawmakers, who expressed concern about the cost of the consultant-driven questions and asked ...

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Bail could violate due process, bar tells justices

Police office guards the main entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Welcome to Monday, the 42nd anniversary of the release of Fleetwood Mac’s album “Rumours.” Here are some news items to get your week started: — Bail without consideration of defendants’ financial circumstances violates due process, ABA tells U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Md. appeals court orders review of excessive bail under new rules

Court of Appeals

Two accused burglars with a record of fleeing before trial were wrongfully assessed bail in amounts exceeding their ability to pay, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Friday in explaining its June order that the terms of their pretrial detention be reviewed.

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Md. judges asked to drop cases by unlicensed bail bonds company

As part of its investigation, the Maryland Insurance Administration found that 4 Aces, Inc. moved from 2332 E. Monument Street to an office in Towson, but did not update its address with the state, in violation of state insurance laws. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A legal advocacy group has asked Baltimore-area judges to dismiss cases in Maryland District Court brought by an unlicensed bail bonds company that has 149 debt-collection suits pending worth more than $862,000. The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ...

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Prosecutors, public defender back bail-reform rule

The large amount of police body camera footage is 'remarkable,' Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger says, and it has multiplied as more officers receive cameras so there is more footage for each arrest.

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s local lead prosecutors and the state’s chief public defender voiced strong support Tuesday for a six-month old rule designed to prevent judicial officers from imposing bail on defendants beyond their financial means, with the prosecution praising an ...

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