Judge’s reopening of murder trial draws Md. high court’s attention
A defense attorney urged Maryland’s top court Wednesday not to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction, saying the judge violated the defendant’s due-process rights by reopening the trial – on the jurist’s own motion -- so the state could present damaging palm-print evidence.
Baltimore delegate backs mandatory sentences after grandson’s slaying
ANNAPOLIS – A delegate whose grandson was shot to death in Baltimore last Labor Day urged senators Thursday to pass legislation to impose mandatory minimum sentences on repeat gun offenders, a position at odds with the legislator’s more liberal views before the killing. “I am thinking a little differently this year because (my grandson’s death) knocked […]
Senate passes bill undoing Judiciary’s bail-reform rule
Senate passes bill to block Judiciary bail-reform rule by lifting its requirement that judges prefer non-financial conditions for defendant’s pre-trial release.
Senate gives preliminary approval to bill undoing Judiciary’s bail reform
Senate gives preliminary approval to bill to block Judiciary rule requiring judges to prefer imposing non-bail conditions on a defendant’s pre-trial release.
Md. Senate begins debate on bail-retaining bill
Under a bill before the Senate, judges would keep discretion to assess bail if it is a “least restrictive” condition to ensure a defendant shows up for trial.