“The Defense Never Rests.”

Judge Bair

LET’S STOP THROWING AWAY JUVENILE LIVES

In my most recent blog, I examined how judges decide whether to have serious cases involving 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds handled in juvenile court or as adult criminal cases.  For a variety of reasons—including the fact that, although the juvenile court has...

DISCRETIONARY DECISIONS IN JUVENILE COURT

Last time, we saw how juvenile delinquency cases are heard in Montgomery County, with a look back at the unique history here.  Today, I examine how these judges have extraordinary discretion to essentially make or break the lives of juveniles in the county.  Before...

DJS: ONE-STOP JUVENILE JUSTICE IN MARYLAND

In Maryland, all things “delinquency” flow through the Department of Juvenile Services.  If you are a parent seeking a peace order in a juvenile case, you would go there.  If you are a police officer who has arrested a juvenile, you know to go there.  If you are an...

A RETIRED JUDGE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

The Maryland Constitution is quite clear on this subject:  all state court judges must retire at age 70.  This has been in the organic state law for over a century and a half.  There have been attempts in the past to raise the so-called age of “constitutional...