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7:59 am
Fri June 27, 2014

No Bail Bill for Non-Capital Offenses Resurrected

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has resurrected and approved a proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a Wednesday vote. That vote was rescinded Thursday, and the bill received one vote more than needed.

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8:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

No Bail Bill for Non-Capital Offenders Fails in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes has failed to clear the state House.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a House vote Wednesday, but there's a possibility it could be resurrected before the legislative session ends next week.

The amendment, supported by Attorney General Beau Biden, was defeated twice in the state Senate last June before being resurrected and passed in a little-noticed midnight vote on the final day of legislative session.

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9:02 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Panel To Study Atty Requirement for MD Bail Hearings

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that a panel study pretrial reform in Maryland.

O'Malley issued an executive order on Tuesday to create the Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System. It will be charged with issuing recommendations to the governor by Dec. 1.

The panel has been created in response to a ruling last year by Maryland's highest court that defendants have a right to legal counsel at every bail hearing. Lawmakers failed to agree on a solution in the last legislation session.

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11:57 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Call for Attorneys to Represent Defendants for MD Bail Review

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's district courts are hoping to find attorneys willing to represent poor defendants at bail review hearings.

The court system announced Thursday that a new program will pay $50 an hour to attorneys who offer their time and legal expertise to represent defendants who can't afford them. They'll also be reimbursed for mileage and tolls. It's expected to launch on July 1.

The program is the first of its kind in the nation and is meant to comply with a Court of Appeals ruling that Marylanders have a right to legal counsel at all bail hearings.

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1:38 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Vote Set in Dover for Tightening Bail in Non-Capital Cases

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State House members are set to vote on a proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

The proposed amendment, backed by Attorney General Beau Biden, is aimed at stopping violent offenders from getting released on bail, only to be charged with committing more violent crimes after being put back on the street.

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11:17 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Heather Mizeur Unveils Crime Plan

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Democrat Heather Mizeur has released a plan to reduce crime as part of her primary campaign for governor.

Mizeur said Wednesday she supports universal background checks for all guns. She also wants to require law enforcement to seize all guns at the scenes of domestic violence incidents. Part of Mizeur's plan includes raising the age requirement for the purchase of all guns to 21 years and providing grants for local buy-back programs.

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1:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MD High Court Won't Halt Atty Requrement at Bail Hearings

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court says it won't stay its ruling that poor defendants are entitled to have an attorney present at bail hearings.

The high court ruled in September that defendants are entitled to state-furnished counsel at initial hearings before a district court commissioner, because the defendant's liberty is at stake. The Daily Record reports  that on Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals rejected the state's request to halt the ruling.

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8:45 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Bail Denial in Delaware Felony Cases

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In Delaware there is a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a judge to order suspects be held without bail for at least 90 days. .if they are charged with crimes ranged from first-degree murder to burglary.

Under an amendment that failed twice six years ago judge could only deny bail if it was determined it was necessary to ensure the public’s safety.

But those held for the two highest classes of felonies would be eligible to have bail set if they do not go to trial within 90 days and have requested a continuance.              

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8:58 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Bail Denial Bill Stalls in Delaware Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed amendment to Delaware's constitution allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes has stalled in a Senate committee.

The proposed amendment, backed by Attorney General Beau Biden, is aimed at stopping violent offenders from getting released on bail, only to be charged with committing more violent crimes after being put back on the street.

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12:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Tightening Up Bail Restrictions in Delaware

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Delaware State prosecutor Kathleen Jennings has laid out plans that would allow judges to deny bail for suspects charged with crimes other than murder.

In addition it would also strongly urge them to strongly consider cash bail for violent crimes involving a firearm.

Jennings outlined her proposals for the Wilmington News Journal today.

State Attorney General Beau Biden along with three other lawmakers is expected to discuss the proposals.

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8:43 am
Wed August 8, 2012

New Rules in Delaware to Make Bail Fair

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware is implementing new rules aimed at ensuring that decisions regarding bail for criminal offenders are made in a fair and reasonable manner.

Legislation being signed into law by Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday calls for informed decision-making in the criminal justice system by using evidenced-based practices in decisions concerning bail, rehabilitation and probation supervision.

The law also will help ensure that scarce criminal justice resources are focused on higher-risk offenders.