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Judge asks lawmakers to scrap Appointed Attorneys Program

The Maryland Judiciary’s program for appointing attorneys to represent indigent defendants at initial bail hearings will come under budget this fiscal year but should be scrapped due to ethical concerns about the judicial branch selecting, scheduling and training lawyers in a criminal proceeding, District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey told General Assembly committees Thursday.

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Legislative committees prioritize lawyers-at-bail issue

Two legislative committees will make it a high priority to decide whether to continue with the six-month-old court-run system of appointing lawyers for indigent detainees at initial bail hearings, or to put the responsibility on the Office of the Public Defender instead.

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Bail, day 1: ‘Very few glitches’

John Morrissey

By order of Maryland’s highest court, District Court commissioners at 8 a.m. Tuesday began telling people awaiting their initial bail hearing that they have the right to an attorney and if they could not afford a lawyer, one would be appointed for them.

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Lawyers’ starting lineup set

More than 2,500 Maryland lawyers have signed up to represent indigent arrestees at initial bail hearings, which leaves the state Judiciary ready for the 8 a.m. July 1 start of court-mandated legal representation at these proceedings, Maryland’s chief district court ...

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