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Bill to change public defender law advances

ANNAPOLIS — Measures advanced in both legislative chambers Tuesday that would repeal a Maryland law requiring that poor defendants have a public defender present when district court commissioners are setting their bail. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled earlier this ...

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Top 5: ‘Poor people will be getting a lot more justice’

Maryland’s top court made big news this week when it ruled that criminal defendants have a right to council at their initial bail hearings. That story and more in this week’s legal affairs top 5. 1. Court: Defendants have right ...

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Court: Defendants have right to counsel at initial bail hearings

Criminal defendants have a right to counsel when their bail is set, Maryland’s top court unanimously held on Wednesday. Without finding a constitutional guarantee, the Court of Appeals said the state’s Public Defender Act entitles defendants to have a lawyer ...

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