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Mar 13, 2023

Longest-serving death-row inmate wins new trial

Today is Monday, the 171st anniversary of the illustration of Uncle Sam. Here are some other news items. — World’s longest-serving death-row inmate wins new trial. — Georgia needs more prosecutors and public defenders. — Medical director of pregnancy centers opposed to abortion seeks enforcement of 1864 Arizona law. — Prosecuting Donald Trump for Stormy […]

Dec 14, 2022

Maryland public defenders vote to join state workers’ union

Maryland public defenders voted Tuesday to unionize after a two-year effort.

Assistant Ramsey County Public Defender Cara Gilbert discusses, during an interview Wednesday in her office in St. Paul, Minnesota, how she and other public defenders across Minnesota are ready to go on strike as early as Tuesday in a dispute over pay and workloads. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
Mar 18, 2022

Minnesota public defenders may strike over workloads and pay

Public defenders are poised to go on strike as early as Tuesday across Minnesota.

Feb 23, 2015

Frosh, PD defend budgets to Senate panel

Maryland’s chief public defender and the attorney general urged the General Assembly on Monday to hold the line on their proposed budgets for fiscal 2016, saying financial constraints already prevent them from filling vacancies.

Apr 1, 2013

Legislation aims to better protect prosecutors and public defenders

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.

Jun 17, 2012

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, which amended a law the high court had interpreted as requiring that counsel be provided […]

Apr 19, 2012

Public defenders try to stop Del. execution

DOVER, Del. — Federal public defenders trying to halt the execution of convicted Delaware killer Shannon Johnson claimed in court papers Thursday that there is overwhelming evidence that he is mentally retarded and can’t be executed. The public defenders made the assertion in a federal appeals court filing. State prosecutors appealed a federal district judge’s […]

Feb 28, 2012

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 year that, under the state Public Defenders Act, poor defendants must have an attorney at […]

Aug 10, 2011

Raise your right paw …

Anyone who knows me is very aware of the close bonds (aka “obsession”) I have with my two dogs, Dexter and Luca. When I first meet someone, it is virtually impossible to avoid their introduction in our conversation. The dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, would shake his head at me and wag his finger in a […]

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