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Zirkin puts constitutional amendment bill on ice

Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin on Thursday called for an indefinite hold on his proposed constitutional amendment to undo a Maryland high court ruling that people have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings before court commissioners, saying he remains confident the lawmakers will vote to preserve Maryland’s two-tier system of pretrial hearings at reasonable cost to the state.

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House bill seeks delay to study risk assessment tool

With the General Assembly set to adjourn Monday, the House Judiciary Committee has abandoned Senate-passed legislation that would replace initial bail hearings before District Court commissioners with a controversial objective pretrial risk assessment computer program that would assess the risk of releasing a suspect from custody.

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