Acting Baltimore District Public Defender Natasha M. Dartigue will become Maryland’s chief public defender July 1, succeeding the retiring Paul B. DeWolfe.
Maryland’s retiring top jurist Wednesday ended her last public appearance on the bench by thanking the state’s judiciary and more than 40,000 attorneys for “keeping the rule of law strong.” “I am gratified beyond words to do the work of justice,” said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who reaches Maryland’s mandatory judicial […]
Chief Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe called on the state’s top jurist Monday to suspend misdemeanor trial proceedings in district court for all non-incarcerated defendants, except those alleging domestic violence, due to the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 in the tight confines of a courtroom. “District court dockets are superspreader events,” DeWolfe wrote in […]
The “prohibitively high” caseloads of Maryland’s public defenders could be reduced if lawmakers decriminalize minor offenses, the state’s public defender says.
Police may search cars of drivers arrested on drunken-driving charges based on suspicion that open cans might be found inside, Maryland's attorney general says.
A liberal Democratic delegate plans to introduce legislation this session to end bail in Maryland, a long-shot measure that has the support of the state’s chief public defender but not of the attorney general.
Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether police have authority to search without a warrant the cars of drivers they arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
Maryland’s chief public defender called on Maryland legislators Wednesday to transfer to district court commissioners the responsibility for determining if a criminal defendant qualifies for state-sponsored counsel.
Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe said Tuesday that he will “absolutely” seek appointment this spring for another six-year term.
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand without comment Tuesday a Maryland high-court ruling that police acted constitutionally when they used the DNA sample a homeless man gave them for a rape investigation to link him to an unrelated burglary.
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has chosen not to respond to the state public defender’s request that the Supreme Court review and overturn a Maryland high court ruling that police acted constitutionally when they used the DNA sample a homeless man gave them for a rape investigation to link him to an unrelated burglary.
Maryland's chief public defender asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review and overturn a state high court ruling that police acted constitutionally when they used the DNA sample a homeless man gave them for a rape investigation to link him to an unrelated burglary.