Spending on criminal defense for the poor fell 7.9 percent in Maryland from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2012, compared to a national decrease of 4.3 percent, according to a recent Justice Department study.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says he plans to work on overhauling Maryland’s bail hearing system, after a bill that would have done so stalled in the Legislature.
The Maryland Senate is now just a vote away from approving a plan to rework the bail system and depend more on data, in what the bill’s sponsor calls a “moneyball” approach.
It’s been more than a year since a 12-year-old boy was shot to death on his front porch in Northeast Baltimore in a suspected case of mistaken identity. Now the three men charged in the case are entering their pleas in court.
The Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates on Thursday passed measures to repeal a Maryland law requiring poor defendants to have a public defender present when they appear before district court commissioners, who decide bail and whether a defendant is detained after arrest.
Measures advanced in both the House and Senate Tuesday that would repeal a Maryland law requiring that poor defendants have a public defender present when district court commissioners are setting their bail.
A former public defender who worked in New York and Washington will be sworn in as a judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
An audit has found the state’s public defender has not been thorough enough to determine financial eligibility of clients requesting a public defender.
A lawsuit by Maryland’s former top public defender, who sued the state for $1 million in a wrongful termination claim, has been dismissed.