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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The Senate voted 37-9 Monday night for a sweeping overhaul of Maryland's system for deciding who is held and who is released after an arrest. The legislation now goes to the House, where lawmakers have been struggling to reach consensus on their own version of a plan to respond to a Court of Appeals decision requiring that people who are arrested be represented by a lawyer at all steps of the bail review process. Previously, representation was not required for initial hearings before a bail commissioner.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2014
Bail was set at $50,000 Wednesday for a former Aberdeen area resident who is accused of failing to properly register as a sex offender. Brian Christopher Shumate, 46, was being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center on three charges of allegedly failing to notify authorities of a change of address, failing to notify of a change of employer and failing to register as required for a tier III sexual offender, according to charging documents....
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2010
A bail review hearing Wednesday for a 20-year-old Curtis Bay man charged with murder in the death of a man who was pushed into the Inner Harbor in 2008 was postponed after he appeared to go into shock. Wayne Black, who police say confessed Tuesday to shoving 22-year-old Ankush Gupta into the water, was slumped over on a bench in Central Booking, then leaned forward out of view as District Judge Nancy Shuger asked him to stand up. "Do you understand me?" Shuger asked. "What is going on here?"
NEWS
April 19, 2014
A man is charged in connection with an incident in Edgewood Saturday in which he allegedly tried to stab his uncle but ended up cutting himself, police said. Willie Smiley, 32, who police said has no fixed address, went to visit his uncle Friday night in the 1600 block of Candlewood Court in Edgewood. Smiley got into an argument with his uncle Friday night that police said carried over into Saturday morning. Shortly before noon, Smiley and his uncle were arguing again and Smiley allegedly tried to stab his uncle with a knife, according to Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2010
We all know that justice can be slow. It can also be fast. So fast, in fact, that the very person whose fate is being decided barely has time to be heard. All William J. Campbell wanted was a fair bail hearing at the District Court in downtown Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center. Appearing last week, he raised a fuss at the proceeding and was given a chance to speak, only to have the judge triple his bail. All without a lawyer standing up for him He's now locked away until at least Nov. 17, the date of his next court appearance, by which time he'll either have hired a lawyer or gotten help from the public defender's office.
NEWS
July 27, 1992
A 27-year-old East Baltimore man was to appear today at a bail review hearing in District Court following first-degree murder charges in connection with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend over the weekend, police said.Charged also with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony is Duane A. Price, of the 2800 block of Harford Road.Mr. Price, according to police, is charged with killing Stacey Platt, 26, of the 2700 block of E. Preston St., during an argument Saturday night in the victim's home.
NEWS
August 19, 1993
The two teen-agers charged in the fatal stabbing of a Westminster couple last month are expected to ask a Carroll District judge to review their no-bail status.Sara E. Citroni, 17, of Reisterstown, is scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow, said her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brian Green.Jason Aaron DeLong, 19, of Westminster, is to appear for a bail review on Aug. 24, court records say.Both suspects have been heldwithout bond since they were extradited from Florida Aug. 5 on charges tied to the killings of George W. Wahl, 35, and Cathryn Brace Farrar, 39, on July 29.Ms.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | January 17, 1995
A Severn woman suspected of stabbing and killing her husband during a domestic quarrel Sunday evening will be presented for a bail review today in Annapolis District Court.Merle Denise Thomas, 32, of the 1800 block of Arwell Court is being held in the Anne Arundel County jail on $350,000 bail. She has been charged with second-degree murder.The victim, Steven Bernard Thomas, 32, was stabbed once in the chest about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Paramedics took him to Kimbrough Army Hospital at Fort Meade, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
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By Jason Song and Lisa Goldberg and Jason Song and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2003
A Baltimore man accused of shooting a Howard County school custodian Saturday refused to appear at a bail review hearing yesterday because he believed his life would be in danger, jail officials said. James Milton Lane, 46, of the 2400 block of Etting St. has been charged with crimes that include first-degree assault and attempted murder in the shooting of Robert Lee Jackson Jr. at a Rite Aid store in the 8600 block of Baltimore National Park in Ellicott City. Jackson, 50, of the 5700 block of Yellowrose Court in Long Reach and the chief custodian at Mayfield Woods Middle School in Elkridge, remained in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 1, 1999
A bail review hearing in District Court was set today for a man who was shot by an off-duty Baltimore police officer Friday night.Dwight D. Allen, 28, of the 4300 block of Sheldon Ave. in Northeast Baltimore was shot by Officer Stuart Parker, a 14-year veteran, near East Preston and St. Paul streets during an altercation.Allen, who was charged with assaulting the officer, and Parker had exchanged angry words while driving through downtown. Both got out of their cars, and Allen approached Parker, who identified himself as a police officer, according to police.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The Senate voted 37-9 Monday night for a sweeping overhaul of Maryland's system for deciding who is held and who is released after an arrest. The legislation now goes to the House, where lawmakers have been struggling to reach consensus on their own version of a plan to respond to a Court of Appeals decision requiring that people who are arrested be represented by a lawyer at all steps of the bail review process. Previously, representation was not required for initial hearings before a bail commissioner.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Shykill Brewer was arrested on a misdemeanor gun charge days before Christmas. He should have been able to post bail in plenty of time to celebrate with his infant son and the rest of his family, but instead spent six weeks in jail. Under court rules, defendants should have a chance to post bail or ask a judge for release within 24 hours, or as soon as courts are open. It took 43 days for Brewer. A judge finally set his bail at $100,000, and Brewer's family soon secured his release.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
The teen homicide suspect stood with his head hung low Tuesday as his attorney pleaded unsuccessfully for a judge to take his youth and learning disabilities into consideration and grant him bail. Allen Pinkney, wearing the distinctive black-and-white T-shirt in which he was arrested Saturday, stood shackled in the second row of a courtroom in the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. Pinkney, 16, is one of two teenagers who Baltimore police say fatally stabbed 51-year-old Kimberly Leto during a burglary Friday in Highlandtown.
NEWS
January 19, 2014
Judge Alfred Nance's recent order requiring the assistance of legal counsel to defendants at pre-trial hearings hopefully will serve as a wake-up call for Maryland's criminal justice system ( "Court order could push state to send lawyers to bail hearings," Jan. 15). Plaintiffs' attorney Michael Schatzhow called it correctly when he asserts that the courts, local and state funding entities and the entire legal community need to look ahead at what's around the corner. The issue of re-expanding rights to representation has been bubbling up for the past year or two in Maryland.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
A Joppa man with an extensive criminal history was accused of threatening a relative with a handgun and choking her Saturday night, according to charging documents. Baraat Bin Warthen, 34, of the 100 block of Philadelphia Road, allegedly confronted the woman at about 10:30 p.m. at the same address after she tried to leave "due to activities that were ongoing at the residence," according to the statement of charges. The statement said the woman told police the next morning that when she tried to recover some items, Warthen put a gun to her head and asked, "Are you gonna snitch on me, [expletive]
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
Counselors and psychologists will be on hand at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City on Monday as students return for the first school day since two classmates were charged with killing well-known Howard County blogger Dennis Lane. The county school system will provide the support for students and staff who may be upset over the slaying Friday and the first-degree murder and conspiracy charges against Jason Anthony Bulmer, 19, and Morgan Lane Arnold, Lane's 14-year-old daughter.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 9, 2001
Ethel B. Barlow, a former Franklin Square Hospital Center nurse who has been accused of killing a patient by prying apart the elderly woman's locked arms, was denied bail Monday at an extradition hearing in Memphis, Tenn., a Baltimore County police official said yesterday. Barlow, 50, is scheduled to appear in a Towson court today for a bail review hearing, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a spokeswoman for the Police Department. Barlow has been charged with one count of manslaughter in the death of Ruth F. Bowen, 81, who was admitted to Franklin Square on Oct. 30 for a swallowing disorder.
NEWS
By Page Croyder | January 10, 2012
In my years in criminal justice, I have seen many millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on wrong-headed "fixes" to problems. Now we can add free lawyers at commissioner hearings as the latest financial folly, following a Court of Appeals ruling last week. Fortunately, our legislators can stop it. Maryland uses a two-step process after an arrest. First, a defendant is taken before a commissioner. Commissioners set a trial date and determine whether to release the defendant pending trial.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2010
We all know that justice can be slow. It can also be fast. So fast, in fact, that the very person whose fate is being decided barely has time to be heard. All William J. Campbell wanted was a fair bail hearing at the District Court in downtown Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center. Appearing last week, he raised a fuss at the proceeding and was given a chance to speak, only to have the judge triple his bail. All without a lawyer standing up for him He's now locked away until at least Nov. 17, the date of his next court appearance, by which time he'll either have hired a lawyer or gotten help from the public defender's office.
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