Tag: office of the public defender
Chief Judge Alfred Nance has long been known for for his stern courtroom demeanor. But according to the state’s Commission on Judicial Disabilities, which investigates complaints against judges, his comments in several court trials in 2015 went too far, and are worthy of his removal from the bench.
Baltimore public defenders say city prosecutors have vastly underestimated the number of cases dropped or under review in 2017 due to controversial police body cam footage and a series of racketeering indictments of Baltimore cops.
Some body camera footage released by public defenders appears to show questionable evidence-handling by a Baltimore police officer.
Marilyn Mosby Says Seven Cops’ Indictments Affect More than 200 Cases; Public Defender Estimates Tally “in the Thousands”
City prosecutors, public defenders and private attorneys have all been preoccupied since federal authorities indicted seven Baltimore police officers on federal racketeering charges last month. At a press conference this morning, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby revealed her office has identified more than 50 active cases and over 150 closed and adjudicated cases affected by the indictments.
One week out, the indictments of seven Baltimore police officers on federal racketeering charges are already having wide-reaching consequences on Baltimore City’s criminal justice system. For public defenders in the city, the indictments have affected “a little over 100 cases so far,” Deputy District Public Defender Natalie Finegar said in an interview.
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.