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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 has been fundamentally unfair pretrial release hearings and the unnecessary pretrial incarceration of countless people.
  • Federal court upholds mayor's pension overhaul

    Federal court upholds mayor's pension overhaul
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's overhaul of Baltimore's police and fire pension system, but left open avenues for the unions to keep fighting. "I'm certainly pleased with the court's ruling," Rawlings-Blake...

    Changes requested to Harford volunteer firemen's pension program

    Changes requested to Harford volunteer firemen's pension program
    Harford County government and the county's volunteer fire and EMS companies are discussing proposed changes to a county-funded retirement program for the volunteer firemen, including lowering age of eligibility to receive benefits. The proposals,...

    Exposing predators [Editorial]

    Exposing predators  [Editorial]
    Victims advocates are expressing dismay over a decision this week by Maryland's highest court that could lead to the removal of hundreds of names from a list of registered sex offenders in the state. The advocates say removing names from the registry...

    Correctional services van in two-vehicle crash

    Correctional services van in two-vehicle crash
    A state correctional services van carrying six inmates and a correctional supervisor to a work detail on Tuesday morning was involved in two-vehicle collision that sent the passengers to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, corrections...