Tag: Robert Bell

Appeals court hears arguments against legislative district maps

In a Maryland Court of Appeals hearing Wednesday, opponents of Maryland’s newly redrawn state legislative map claimed that the state is violating a provision of the state constitution by crossing county boundaries for unnecessary, partisan purposes when creating senatorial districts Sidebar: Voters retain three judges on the court.

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Report recommends reform of bail system

The Maryland Public Defender Office has been providing representation since June to all defendants seeking counsel in their bail review hearings. But a Justice Policy Institute report released last month on the bail system in Baltimore City found the money-bail system itself discriminates against lower income defendants.

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Chief judge recalls a court career that started with his arrest

Chief Judge Robert Bell’s first experience with the court system didn’t come during his studies at Harvard Law School nor when he opened his legal practice in 1969. Bell was introduced to the court system the hard way.

In his junior year at Dunbar High School, in 1960 the 17-year-old bell was arrested for involvement in a sit-in demonstration at a restaurant in downtown Baltimore.

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