Bill to end automatic charging of children as adults splits advocates, prosecutors
A bill to end law requiring young offenders accused of heinous crimes to be automatically charged as adults drew praise from advocates but not prosecutors.
Senate panel weighs repeal of automatic charging of young offenders as adults
Maryland’s law requiring youthful offenders accused of heinous crimes to be automatically charged as adults should be repealed, youth advocates told a Senate committee.
Criminal justice bills in 2023 will address juvenile, drug, immigration laws
November’s election changed the Maryland General Assembly's composition but much of the criminal justice legislation this coming session will be very familiar.
Md. high court orders resentencing of Beltway sniper as juvenile offender
A sharply divided Maryland high court ordered the resentencing of a man serving six life terms for an October 2002 killing spree in Montgomery County at age 17.
Defense lawyer proves what great-grandfather couldn’t for Black teen in 1930s
Today is Monday, the 47th anniversary of the release of the movie “Jaws.” Here are some other news items. — Defense attorney’s great-grandson wins posthumous exoneration of Black teenager executed for 1930 murder. — First Amendment challenge to high school’s ban on T-shirts displaying guns heads back to district court. — Japan requires spousal consent, [&h[...]
Md. high court upholds teen’s murder conviction in Baltimore County officer’s death
The Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Dawnta Harris’ argument through counsel that his conviction for killing officer Amy Caprio on May 21, 2018, should be overturned.
In historic shift, far fewer teens face adult courts
There has been a significant shift away from the “get tough” philosophy of the 1980s and ’90s for youth offenders, resulting in far fewer children being prosecuted in U.S. adult courts.
Md. legislature enacts counsel requirement at child interrogations over Hogan’s veto
Juveniles will have an unwaivable right to consult counsel before being interrogated by law enforcement except in compelling circumstances beginning Oct. 1 under a law the Maryland General Assembly enacted Saturday over Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto. The Child Interrogation Protection Act will permit police officers to interrogate a child without counsel only when they reasonably […]
Maryland juvenile justice reform bill passes state Senate
The Maryland Senate passed a substantial juvenile justice reform measure Monday.
Maryland high court weighs DC beltway sniper’s resentencing bid
An attorney for a man serving six life sentences for a DC beltway killing spree at age 17 urged Maryland’s top court Tuesday to order his client resentenced.
Maryland high court retains school suspension as juvenile probation violation
Suspension from school can continue to be regarded as a probation violation for juvenile offenders, Maryland’s top court ruled.
Defense counsel, prosecutors battle over bill requiring counsel at juvenile interrogations
Defense and civil rights attorneys urged lawmakers to pass legislation providing juveniles an unwaivable right to counsel before being interrogated by law enforcement.