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Judicial presumption of guilt unfair to defendants [Commentary]

Judicial presumption of guilt unfair to defendants [Commentary]

The Baltimore Sun's recent article on a man charged, arrested and detained pending trial for a robbery that occurred while he was in jail on a different charge ("Man charged with street robbery that happened while he was in jail Aug. 14) highlights a serious and pervasive problem with the way pretrial release determinations are made in Maryland — namely that judges erroneously believe they are required to accept the prosecution's allegations as true for the purpose of determining whether to detain or release a defendant. The result...

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