The front page of the Baltimore Sun today reports on a case being handled by the Pretrial Justice Clinic, in which the Clinic is challenging bail set by a judge who refused to make an individualized inquiry about the defendant, contrary to governing law.
“Makar and Shareef argue in court papers that not conducting an ‘individualized assessment’ amounts to a rigid ‘bail schedule’ which is not allowed under Maryland legal rules.
Reliance on a bail schedule results in faulty bail determinations that lead to the erroneous deprivation of liberty for individuals who have not been convicted of a crime,” they said. “While the nature of the offense is one of many factors that a judicial officer can consider,” they wrote, the court “ignored other important factors.”
You can read the whole story here, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-bail-appeal-20161026-story.html.