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Democratic Lawmakers Propose Measures to ‘Keep Marylanders Safe’ from Trump

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A coalition of Maryland Democratic lawmakers and other elected officials convened today in Annapolis to announce a series of proposals designed to bolster Marylanders’ rights that could be threatened by President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions.

Frosh Among Six Attorneys General Pushing Senate to Reject Jeff Sessions as AG

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Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has joined a coalition of top state prosecutors who are urging a U.S. Senate committee to reject Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. attorney general.

Anne Arundel, Baltimore Co. Police Modify How They Handle Rape Kits

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County officials were listening closely when Attorney General Brian Frosh called for statewide rules for rape kit testing among all police departments. In fact, authorities in two Baltimore-area jurisdictions were apparently already considering some major changes before Frosh’s report came out.

Frosh Calls for Statewide Overhaul of Rape Kit Testing Policies

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Courtesy Maryland Attorney General’s Office

Maryland needs uniform policies for police agencies that set a timeframe for rape kit testing and storage of untested kits, as well as notification about results for survivors, according to a new report from Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office.

Committee Overwhelmingly Recommends Change to Cash Bail System

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A court rules committee on Friday voted 18-5 to recommend an overhaul of the state’s cash bail system that would keep judges from jailing poor defendants who can’t afford bail before trial. The issue now heads to the Maryland Court of Appeals.

After Post-Trump Election Uptick in Hate Crimes, Frosh Launches Hotline

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"WHITES ONLY," written on a church's sign in Silver Spring. Courtesy Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
“WHITES ONLY,” written on a church’s sign in Silver Spring. Courtesy Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Thanks to an increase in hate-fueled crimes and bias incidents following Donald Trump’s election as president, Maryland now has its very own hate crime hotline.

American Bar Association’s President Joins Calls for Change in Md. Cash Bail System

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Add the president of our country’s largest professional legal organization to the list of people urging Maryland’s courts to stop putting poor defendants behind bars before trial with high bail.

Report: Bail System Makes the Innocent Pay, Targets Poor Baltimore Neighborhoods

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It’s no secret that the bail bonds game is a lucrative business, but according to a new report from the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, that game is costly for many who end up being found innocent anyway. It also perpetuates poverty in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods, the authors write.

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