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Md. puts hold on lawyers at bail hearings order

Wednesday - 1/15/2014, 9:40am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has put a temporary hold on a trial judge's order that attorneys be provided for indigent defendants at initial bail hearings.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1eDj8cG ) that the Court of Appeals stay issued Tuesday raises the possibility that the court will reconsider its ruling that defendants have a right to counsel at those proceedings.

The stay was issued in response to a request from Attorney General Douglas Gansler. It remains in effect at least until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, the day the judges are scheduled to consider the state's request to review an order by a Baltimore judge.

Attorney Michael Schatzow, who represents the indigent defendants, says he is "disappointed" and will oppose the state's request for high court review of its earlier decision.

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


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