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Legislation aims to better protect prosecutors and public defenders

While the potential for violence exists in any profession, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger says ‘the fact that we come in contact with criminals does make you keep an antenna up a little more.’

While the killing of a Texas district attorney and his wife over the weekend may have highlighted safety concerns at Maryland state’s attorney’s offices, legislation creating more protections for rank-and-file prosecutors and public defenders is already working its way through the General Assembly.

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Court adopts rule on lawyers at bail review

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court has adopted a procedural rule for providing public defenders to indigent defendants at bail review hearings. The Court of Appeals’ rule, which took effect last Tuesday, follows the enactment last month of House Bill 261, ...

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Bill to change public defender law advances

ANNAPOLIS — Measures advanced in both legislative chambers Tuesday that would repeal a Maryland law requiring that poor defendants have a public defender present when district court commissioners are setting their bail. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled earlier this ...

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