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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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Public defender bill dies in House of Delegates

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.

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Panel advances bill to limit right to public defender

Over the objection of the Maryland public defender and civil rights advocates, the full Senate will soon consider legislation that would require defendants to reapply for free legal assistance after they either post bond or are released on their own recognizance pending trial.

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Public defender fights stay in DNA case

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stop allowing police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes, contrary to a ruling by the state’s highest court.

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Top 5: ‘There are no easy fixes’

News out of the state appellate courts dominates the most-read legal affairs stories of the week. The Court of Appeals disabarred one lawyer, threw out attorneys’ fees for another and heard an appeal by the former state public defender. The ...

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Top 5: ‘The idea was very out-of-the-box’

The Court of Appeals delaying the implementation of its counsel at initial bail hearings requirement and the Court of Special Appeals upholding a $3.6 million medical malpractice verdict are among the most-read law stories of the week. Also making the ...

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