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Md. judiciary makes recommendations on bail review

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 11:19am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland's judiciary is proposing that court commissioners should set bail for criminal defendants only on weekends and holidays.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1gBUEmk ) the proposals were made Monday to help save money and comply with a Court of Appeals ruling that found detainees have a constitutional right to counsel at initial bail hearings.

Defendants would be entitled to one bail hearing before a Maryland District Court judge during the work week. The hearing would be within 24 hours of being taken into custody.

Commissioners would continue to conduct initial bail hearings on weekends and holidays. The commissioners now conduct all initial bail hearings.

Chief Maryland District Court Judge Ben Clyburn presented the proposal to a task force studying how the state can comply with the Court of Appeals decision.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.mddailyrecord.com


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