Judges Tag

03 Mar

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right… to have the assistance of counsel for his defense” – Sixth Amendment

Recently, an unrepresented misdemeanor defendant appeared before a rather new Maryland judge for the non-jailable but nevertheless criminal misdemeanor charge of possessing an open alcoholic beverage container. Md. Code Alc. Bev. art. §6–322. The defendant asked the judge for a postponement, apparently to seek a...

26 Dec

When prosecutors and judges want to go to lunch

Prosecutors, judges and everyone else are human. When their stomachs rumble with hunger and when their blood curdles at frightful testimony, they are going to have a human response. The best judges and prosecutors temper that response....