Battles Continue In Annapolis Over The Use Of Bail And Redistricting

Battles continue in Annapolis over the use of bail and redistricting

The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would allow bail for criminal defendants even if they cannot afford to pay, potentially undoing a recent decision by the state’s highest court and setting the stage for a battle with the more liberal House of Delegates and members of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus.After a prolonged debate, the Senate voted to advance the measure despite objections from Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and advocates who say the legislation will lead to more poor defendants remaining in jail because they can’t afford to post …

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