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Tag Archives: Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe

Public defender seeks dollars, not delay in lawyer-at-bail mandate

Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe initially considered seeking a stay of the mandate in the counsel-at-bail case, but based on past experience, concluded the Court of Appeals would deny such a request.

The state public defender will not seek to delay the effect of a high court decision that criminal defendants have a constitutional right to counsel at initial bail hearings, a ruling that could require the state to pay $28 million annually to provide the legal assistance.

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Gansler: Preserve Roberts’ ruling in DNA case

Maryland’s chief legal officer and its chief public defender are awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether it will keep allowing the state’s police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes, despite a Maryland high court ruling that bars the collections except when absolutely necessary to identify the arrestee.

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Public defender fights stay in DNA case

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stop allowing police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes, contrary to a ruling by the state’s highest court.

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Prosecutor weighs robbery retrial after waiting for top court’s ruling

In an unsigned one-page opinion, Maryland’s top court has overturned an armed-robbery conviction nearly three years after it reversed the conviction of the man’s brother — and for identical reasons. Pablo Guillermo Lancaster and his brother, Jovan, were tried together ...

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Court adopts rule on lawyers at bail review

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court has adopted a procedural rule for providing public defenders to indigent defendants at bail review hearings. The Court of Appeals’ rule, which took effect last Tuesday, follows the enactment last month of House Bill 261, ...

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Court of Appeals delays bail counsel rule

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s top court has effectively decided to hold off on ordering that public defenders be provided to indigent suspects at initial bail hearings until the General Assembly acts on legislation that could make such an order moot. The ...

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Budget boost won’t cover lawyers at bail

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed $1.1 million boost to the public defender’s budget next fiscal year is welcome, but falls short of the money the agency will need to comply with the decision that it must represent indigent defendants at initial ...

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