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Thursday, October 7, 2010

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

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.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Gideon Alert: Maryland public defender independence increased

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

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