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MD's Highest Court Orders Public Defenders At Bail Hearings

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MARYLAND - Maryland's highest court upheld a decision this week requiring defendants to have legal counsel at bail hearings.

In arguments Friday, a State Attorney General said Maryland doesn't have enough public defenders - or the money budgeted to hire - them to meet the new mandate, and asked the court to delay the rule by one year.

The wait would give the legislature time to potentially restructure the bail system.   

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