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Hogan wants lawmakers to act quickly on COVID relief

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Speaking just hours before the General Assembly is set to convene, Gov. Larry Hogan urged lawmakers Wednesday morning to pass as soon as possible his proposed $1 billion Relief Act for Maryland businesses and residents hardest hit by the pandemic-spurred ...

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Lawmakers will consider tenants’ right to counsel, juvenile justice reform

Maryland lawmakers will consider legislation that gives tenants a statutory right to counsel at eviction hearings. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A pandemic-fueled economic freefall and nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reform have spurred Maryland legislators to examine ways to enhance legal representation for low-income residents facing eviction and to protect the rights of imprisoned or criminally charged youngsters this ...

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Bill to hide non-convictions passes, partial expungement faces study

Sen. Jill P. Carter, the bill’s chief sponsor, said repealing the prohibition on jury service for ex-convicts would be a step toward “restorative justice."  (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Under a bill now on the governor’s desk, Maryland’s public Case Search website would no longer display criminal charges that did not end with a conviction. The bill passed the Maryland General Assembly shortly before legislators adjourned last week. The ...

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Exoneree compensation bill fails to pass as Republicans object

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The General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would streamline the process for the wrongfully convicted to receive compensation and other benefits, frustrating advocates who hoped that years of work would finally pay off. The bill, named after exoneree Walter ...

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Issue of exoneree compensation returns to General Assembly

Four exonerees, clockwise from top left: Walter Lomax, Hubert James Williams, Lamar Johnson and Clarence Shipley.  MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bonnie Jo Mount

ANNAPOLIS — A push to reform and streamline the way Maryland compensates the wrongly convicted was heard in two General Assembly committees Wednesday. Senate Bill 797 and House Bill 985 propose requiring the Maryland Board of Public Works to pay individuals ...

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Bill to exempt ‘sham’ marriages from spousal privilege advances

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A bill to exempt marriages formed after a crime is committed from the spousal privilege — a general rule that one spouse cannot be compelled to testify against the other in a criminal proceeding — received a favorable report from a ...

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Advocates continue to push for expansion of Md. expungement law

Del. Jill P. Carter, D-Baltimore City, is the chief sponsor of House Bill 283, which would make government agencies liable for attorneys’ fees and legal costs, in addition to damages, if a plaintiff prevails on a state constitutional claim.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly will again grapple with the practicality and the implications of allowing individuals to remove non-convictions from their records, with advocates continuing to push for an expansion of the state’s expungement law. Senate Bill 589 and ...

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Advocates, exonerees ask for safeguards on use of jailhouse witnesses

A bill that would limit the use of restrictive housing of Maryland inmates met resistance Tuesday from state prison officials, who said they have proposed changes to the inmate disciplinary process and are doubling their mental health staff. (Thinkstock)

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates battling wrongful convictions asked legislators Tuesday to increase transparency around the use of so-called jailhouse witnesses by requiring the disclosure of information to the defendant and a statewide database that tracks when witnesses testify as part of ...

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New chair is mum, but lawmakers expect Md. Senate judicial panel will tilt left

“This convulsion that happened over the summer and the reckoning that we’ve gone through now is just the latest time that this generation will have to deal with these issues.” says Sen. William "Will" Smith, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. (The Daily Record/File photo)

Sen. William C. “Will” Smith says he plans to take a go-slow approach in what will be his first General Assembly session as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I’ll be limiting the bills that I sponsor,” said Smith, ...

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