Tag Archives: Right to counsel

Frosh panel seeks right to counsel in evictions, end to body attachments

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis (File photo)

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

Maryland lawmakers will consider legislation that gives tenants a statutory right to counsel at eviction hearings. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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

Del. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore city and chair of the House panel, asked whether spousal privilege would nevertheless still apply -- and protect newlywed criminal defendants -- if the crime committed before marriage was part of a continuing course of illegal conduct that continued after the wedding. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher, D-Montgomery and the proposed amendment’s chief Senate sponsor, says the threshold boost would enhance “judicial efficiency” by relieving circuit courts of holding jury trials for relatively small claims (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

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

A Maryland criminal procedure rule on the right to request discharge of counsel requires ‘strict compliance’ because it serves as the enforcement mechanism of a defendant’s constitutional rights to effective assistance of counsel and to counsel of choice, Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene Jr. wrote last week for a unanimous court in favor of a defendant who wrote a pretrial letter to a court clerk’s office seeking new representation.  (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

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

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

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

FILE - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington. In an era of deep partisan division, the Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political. A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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

In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, people stand on the steps of the Supreme Court at sunset in Washington.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, file)

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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