crime and punishment

Apr 12, 2022

Legislature rebuffs Hogan’s ‘judicial transparency,’ rejects listing judges’ names

The Maryland General Assembly ended its 2022 session Monday having spared circuit court judges of having a state commission compile by name the sentences each has rendered for violent criminals, a gubernatorial proposal the jurists said would have threatened judicial independence by subjecting judges to intense public scrutiny. Gov. Larry Hogan sought the by-name listing, […]

Mar 21, 2022

Md. Senate passes ‘watered down’ judicial transparency bill

The Democratic-led Maryland Senate passed legislation this month calling on a state commission to compile and post circuit court sentencing data on a largely county-by county-basis, rebuffing Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal that the posted information provide by name the sentence each Maryland judge rendered for violent criminals. Following the Senate’s 46-0 vote, attention now has […]

Feb 10, 2022

Hogan, Judiciary battle over ‘judicial transparency’ in sentencing

Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration squared off Thursday against the Maryland Judiciary and a law school dean over the governor’s call for legislation requiring a state commission to compile by name the sentences each Maryland circuit court judge renders for violent criminals. A Hogan aide told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee that such a by-name listing […]

Jan 31, 2022

Judges call Hogan’s judicial transparency proposal unconstitutional

Judges oppose Gov. Larry Hogan’s call for a bill requiring that a commission compile the sentences each circuit court judge renders against violent criminals.

Feb 4, 2020

Baltimore judge assails constitutionality of Hogan’s judicial scorecard

ANNAPOLIS – A Baltimore judge Tuesday assailed as constitutionally suspect Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislative proposal to require a state commission to compile the violent crime sentences handed down by each Maryland circuit court judge, saying the bill could spur harsher sentences from jurists fearful of being criticized by the governor as too lenient. Hogan’s proposed […]

Feb 26, 2019

Delegates weigh bill extending lifers’ parole eligibility

ANNAPOLIS – A criminal sentenced to life in prison in Maryland would have to serve at least 25 years before becoming eligible for parole – more than a decade longer than the current 11-and-a-half-year minimum – under legislation that came before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The measure to extend the time for parole […]

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