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Frosh panel seeks right to counsel in evictions, end to body attachments (access required)

A task force created by Maryland’s attorney general urged the General Assembly Monday to provide a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings and outlaw the courts’ statutory authority to order the arrest and possible jailing of people ...

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Lawmakers will consider tenants’ right to counsel, juvenile justice reform (access required)

A pandemic-fueled economic freefall and nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reform have spurred Maryland legislators to examine ways to enhance legal representation for low-income residents facing eviction and to protect the rights of imprisoned or criminally charged youngsters this ...

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General Assembly will consider right to counsel for tenants, lawmakers say (access required)

The Maryland General Assembly will consider legislation this coming session that would give financially strapped tenants facing potential eviction a right to counsel at their court hearings, leaders of the legislature’s two judiciary committees said Tuesday. Funding for the legal ...

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Senate gives initial OK to bill extending protective orders to acquaintances (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – The Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them. The measure would broaden existing law, which permits alleged victims ...

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Md. top court: Pretrial letter satisfies discharge-of-counsel request (access required)

A defendant’s pretrial letter to the circuit court clerk’s office expressing dissatisfaction with his attorney triggers the requirement that a judge ask why and whether he wants to fire the lawyer, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled in overturning child sexual-abuse convictions.

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4th Circuit: Forfeited funds remain so on appeal (access required)

Convicts have no constitutional right to pay for appellate counsel with assets they forfeited to the U.S. government under a court order accompanying their convictions, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in rejecting a convicted Bowie drug dealer’s effort to ...

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Md. criminal defense group seeks Supreme Court review of murder conviction (access required)

A group of Maryland criminal defense lawyers has pledged its support for a U.S. Supreme Court review of a Silver Spring man’s murder conviction, saying the justices should hear more criminal appeals from state high courts that raise federal constitution ...

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Convicted Silver Spring killer seeks Supreme Court review of interrogation (access required)

A Silver Spring man convicted of murdering an old friend has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn the conviction, saying police failed to honor his constitutionally protected request for a lawyer made well before they began questioning ...

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