Snow tips scales of justice

February 13, 2010

I was surprised to read that limited National Guard resources were used to drive "at least one" Baltimore City prosecutor into work during the blizzard to make bail recommendations for recently incarcerated individuals ("Snow also causing delays in criminal justice system," Feb. 9). Would defense lawyers for the poor be given the same consideration?

Even when the blizzard is over and courts resume, people accused of a crime will still be denied an attorney at the initial appearance before a district court commissioner and will be left to fend for themselves. At a bail review hearing before a judge, only a minority of counties in Maryland provide attorneys for the poor.

Lucky for prosecutors, they have Humvees at their disposal to tip the scales of justice their way. One would hope that lawyers for the indigent would be shown the same consideration.

Anne Deady, Pasadena

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