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State court system backs judge who released alleged cop shooter
State court system backs judge who released alleged cop shooter

The Maryland Judiciary has defended a District Court judge's decision in June to grant bail to a man who was accused of shooting a Baltimore police officer last weekend. Donte Jones, 19, who police say shot Officer Andrew Groman in the abdomen during a traffic stop Sunday, had been arrested two previous times on handgun charges, according to police and court records. He was placed on probation after pleading guilty to a January 2013 handgun charge, then was rearrested in June of this year and charged with illegal possession of a handgun. Jones appeared before District Judge Mark Scurti on June 29 at a bail review hearing, where the Baltimore state's attorney's office...

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