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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Maryland's top court on Thursday left in place a bail system it declared unconstitutional four months ago, deciding instead to hear further arguments on how to ensure that poor people have legal representation at the earliest stage of their cases. But the next hearing on the matter — on technical issues — isn't until March 7, just a month before the state's annual legislative session comes to an end. The decision creates further uncertainty for lawmakers who had hoped to iron out a deal that would avoid the potential $30 million cost of sending public defenders to represent suspects at their first bail hearings.
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NEWS
January 19, 2014
Last week, Baltimore Circuit Judge Alfred Nance gave a powerful boost to the cause of justice when he ruled that unless criminal defendants in the city are provided with lawyers at the time their bail is set, they must be set free until trial, effective immediately. The state has dragged its feet long enough in finding a way to comply with the Court of Appeals' two decisions mandating counsel at court commissioner hearings, and as lawmakers take up the issue again in the current General Assembly session, the judiciary needs to make clear that it won't back down on this matter.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera found herself in an interesting position last week as she testified before lawmakers about how Maryland's courts will meet a constitutional mandate that defendants get a lawyer when their bail is first set. As a member of the state's highest court, Barbera wrote a forceful dissent to a decision that could dramatically change the way the state treats defendants before trial. But as the state's top judge, Barbera also faces the administrative task of carrying out that ruling.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Maryland's courts should provide defendants with lawyers at their first bail hearings in Baltimore starting in February, with other areas following closely behind, plaintiffs in a long running dispute over the issue proposed Friday. The Court of Appeals ruled in September that criminal suspects have a right to a lawyer at their initial appearance before a court commissioner, but that right has been left in limbo since then as the state grapples with how to provide public defenders at potentially thousands of hearings.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
The state could be forced by next week to let suspected criminals in Baltimore go free until trial if it does not provide them with lawyers at the time their bail is set. A sweeping order by a city judge would accelerate the timetable for a substantial change in the pretrial release system, and Maryland's top court will consider the matter next week. State officials are wrestling with the prospect of providing public defenders for the hundreds of defendants who come before bail commissioners daily.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Two of Maryland's top officials suggested Wednesday that they don't see a decision by the state's highest court guaranteeing poor people the right to state-appointed counsel at all bail hearings as being the final word on the matter. Appearing on the Marc Steiner radio show before the opening of the General Assembly session, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller emphasized that the Court of Appeals decision requiring the state to provide public defenders to prisoners when they appear before court commissioners remains before the courts and could be appealed again.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Maryland's judiciary is urging the General Assembly to streamline the state's system for setting or denying bail for criminal defendants, replacing the current two-step process with a single hearing before a judge most of the time. A task force appointed by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera delivered its recommendations Monday to a panel set up by the legislature. The two study groups have taken significantly different approaches to how the state should respond to a Court of Appeals decision guaranteeing defendants legal representation at both steps in the bail review process - a ruling that could cost the state public defender's office alone about $30 million a year.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
A Baltimore woman accused of leaving her 4-year-old daughter alone in a vehicle for 8 1/2 while she was inside Maryland Live casino has posted bail, according to court records. Alicia D. Brown, 24, was arrested at the casino on New Year's Eve and charged with confining an unattended child, second-degree child abuse and neglect of a minor. According to Anne Arundel County police, Brown left her child alone in a white 2013 GM Terrain SUV in a parking garage at the Hanover casino.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
My son Ryan was arrested on Sept. 24 for entering an unlocked rear of a dwelling he thought was occupied by an elderly wheelchair-bound women for whom he ran errands, but he entered the wrong home after knocking on the front door for some time. He was trying to earn the last $5 or so of the $30 coming due for restitution on a prior case in which he admitted wrongdoing. My son was really trying to get his counseling and treatment in order and begin to become a good citizen until this happened.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Moments after the Ravens' flailing defense suffered a series of late breakdowns that nearly cost them the football game on Sunday, the offense and special teams salvaged a dramatic victory. After the defense allowed touchdowns to Minnesota Vikings backup running back Toby Gerhart and rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson within a 42-second span at the end of the fourth quarter, the Ravens managed to pull out a 29-26 win at snow-covered M&T Bank Stadium through Jacoby Jones' kickoff return touchdown and Marlon Brown's game-winning touchdown catch.
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