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ACLU backs bill limiting public defenders’ caseloads

The constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel should spur the General Assembly to pass legislation to limit the number of felony and misdemeanor cases handled by the state’s overworked public defenders and have the extra cases handled by appointed private-sector attorneys, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland told a Senate committee Wednesday.

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Top court weighs start date for lawyers-at-bail requirement

An attorney for indigent people said Maryland’s top court should immediately implement its landmark decision that they have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings, while a lawyer for the state urged a delay at least until the start of the fiscal year on July1.

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Editorial: Forensic analysis not exempt from 6th Amendment

The outrage from Stephen B. Mercer of the state public defender’s office over the interpretation of a Supreme Court decision that led to convictions being upheld in two rape cases is understandable, given such a clear disconnect between what the Sixth Amendment says and what the Maryland Court of Appeals says it means.

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