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Paul DeWolfe

Natasha M. Dartigue
May 19, 2022

Dartigue will succeed DeWolfe as Maryland’s chief public defender

Acting Baltimore District Public Defender Natasha M. Dartigue will become Maryland’s chief public defender July 1, succeeding the retiring Paul B. DeWolfe.

Jun 16, 2021

Retiring Chief Judge Barbera thanks bench and bar for ‘wonderful ride’

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 […]

Nov 23, 2020

DeWolfe seeks suspension of misdemeanor proceedings

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 […]

Nov 13, 2017

DeWolfe: Subject minor offenders to fines, not jail

The “prohibitively high” caseloads of Maryland’s public defenders could be reduced if lawmakers decriminalize minor offenses, the state’s public defender says.

Feb 27, 2017

Frosh urges Supreme Court not to review search after DUI arrest

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.

Jan 24, 2017

Lawmaker seeks to end bail in Maryland

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.

Dec 27, 2016

DeWolfe seeks Supreme Court review of search following DUI arrest

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.

Nov 2, 2016

DeWolfe, Morrissey battle over who should determine indigency

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.

Feb 2, 2016

DeWolfe seeks six more years as Md. public defender

Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe said Tuesday that he will “absolutely” seek appointment this spring for another six-year term.

Jan 19, 2016

Supreme Court declines to review Maryland DNA case

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.

Dec 14, 2015

Frosh waives response in DNA case at Supreme Court

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.

Nov 9, 2015

Maryland public defender appeals DNA case to Supreme Court

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.

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