judicial discretion

Sep 12, 2018

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.

Apr 5, 2018

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 […]

Mar 22, 2017

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.

Mar 21, 2017

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.

Mar 17, 2017

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.

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