The defense attorney, whom Mr. Vignarajah described with a backhanded compliment as “one of Maryland’s most expensive” and “the kind of lawyer whose rates you pay to persuade a pliable district court judge to bend norms and do the unthinkable,” was prepared and did a workmanlike job. First, the lawyer suggested that a witness’ photo identification (as history has shown) may have been faulty. Then he presented pay stubs showing Mr. West as a full-time employee holding two jobs, introduced family members who were there in court and presented eight separate properties that family members were prepared to post as security for ensuring his reappearance. Most importantly, and in response to the first degree murder charge, he told of two other clients charged with the same crime, whom two judges in Harford and Baltimore counties had released with GPS monitoring and had complied fully with the conditions of release. One of those clients was later found not guilty, and the second pled to a reduced manslaughter charge and received probation, underscoring the need for the presumption of innocence mandate.