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Md. Puts Hold on Lawyers at Bail Hearings Order

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has put a temporary hold on a trial judge's order that attorneys be provided for indigent defendants at initial bail hearings.

The Court of Appeals stay issued Tuesday raises the possibility that the court will reconsider its ruling that defendants have a right to counsel at those proceedings.

The stay was issued in response to a request from Attorney General Douglas Gansler. It remains in effect at least until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, the day the judges are scheduled to consider the state's request to review an order by a Baltimore judge.

Attorney Michael Schatzow, who represents the indigent defendants, says he is "disappointed" and will oppose the state's request for high court review of its earlier decision.

 

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