Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe has put out a call for private attorneys to help assist in representing the more than 200 people arrested in Monday night’s rioting, primarily in West Baltimore.Read More »
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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Saying his staff attorneys are overworked, Maryland’s chief public defender will urge the General Assembly to limit their felony and misdemeanor caseloads and to provide funding for about 110 appointed private-sector attorneys to handle the extra cases.Read More »
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.Read More »
The cost of implementing changes required by a September Court of Appeals ruling requiring public defenders at all judicial hearings, including those involving bail, could top $500 million over 10 years according to Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy.Read More »
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.Read More »
The Senate has passed controversial legislation that would require the public defender’s office to have a second person review a defendant’s application for free legal assistance once they have posted bond or were released on their own recognizance.Read More »