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Prosecutors, public defender back bail-reform rule

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s local lead prosecutors and the state’s chief public defender voiced strong support Tuesday for a six-month old rule designed to prevent judicial officers from imposing bail on defendants beyond their financial means, with the prosecution praising an ...

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Public defender, Judiciary battle over who determines defendants’ indigency

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender squared off Thursday against the state judiciary over legislation that would transfer the responsibility for determining if a criminal defendant qualifies for state-sponsored counsel from the OPD and give it to district court commissioners.

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