Maryland

Lori James-Townes, LCSW-C

Speaker's Last Name: 
James-Townes
Title: 
So
Organization: 
L.Y. James Sentencing and Mitigation Experts
Address
Street: 
Clipper Mill Road Suite 201
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip Code: 
21211
Phone: 
Office: 410-366-9901
Fax: 
443-927-7961
Email: 
ltownes.lyjsentencingexpert@gmail.com
Photo: 

Areas of Practice:

Capital and Non-Capital Cases; Foreign Nationals

Jurisdictions:

Federal and State Court; Military

Years in Practice:

Twenty (60 Capital Cases; 25 Non-Capital Cases)

Gideon Alert: MD Circuit Court finds right to counsel at bail hearings

BY David Carroll on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM

On September 30, 2010, a Maryland Circuit Court determined that bail hearings are a critical stage of a criminal proceeding where an indigent person is entitled to be represented by an attorney.  The case, Richmond v. District Court of Maryland, involves eleven named petitioners who requested counsel at bail hearings and were denied.  They sought relief on behalf of themselves and all indigent persons denied counsel at such hearings.

Opinion holds that bail hearings are a "critical stage" and thus "indigent individuals have a right to counsel at bail hearings." By denying representation at those hearings, the district court violated defendants' due process rights.

Author/Organization: Hon. Alfred Nance, Circuit Court of Baltimore City
Publication Date: 09/30/2010

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In August of 2009, the Maryland state public defender was fired.  She served at the pleasure of a three-person board, and each of those three people were appointed to the board directly by the Governor.  After months of disagreement between the public defender and the board, they fired her on a 2-1 vote after she refused to implement cuts and reorganization demanded by the board that included increasing the caseload of staff public defenders, disbanding the capital defense and juvenile protection divisions, closing a community-oriented defender office in Baltimore, and firing an African-American division chief.

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Publication Date: 2010

Gideon Alert: Maryland public defender independence increased

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

On May 4, 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law Senate Bill 97 increasing independence for the state public defender agency.  The legislation expands the Public Defender Board from three members all appointed by the Governor to a thirteen-member board selected by divers