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New MD Bail Hearings Start, Weekends And Holidays On Schedule

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SALISBURY, Md. - Bail review hearings in Maryland will now happen more frequently and with more people in attendance.

Starting Tuesday, attorneys will need to be present at all bail hearings, which will now be everyday including weekends and holidays. The change came after the Court of Appeals ruled last year that having an attorney at an initial bail hearing is a constitutional right.

Lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on how to overhaul the state's bail system and instead put $10 million in the budget to pay for public defenders.

"There's tremendous redundancy, this is a tremendous waste," Wicomico County state's attorney Matt Maciarello said. "It's not going to help the poor. It's not going to help the indigent defendants. I feel very, very badly that the public defenders office didn't get $10 million in the areas of just preparing their substantive cases. They are over worked, they are overloaded in their case load and this money isn't going to help that at all.

"I feel very bad for our county because our county executive and our citizens, they're tapped out. And now we've got to staff these hearings Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

"We're asking for an additional amount of money for our employees that are given up their weekends with their families and their holidays."

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