Maryland state law requires that people who have been arrested receive a court appearance within 24 hours. But although police arrested hundreds of protesters in Baltimore on Monday, 235 of them had not been formally charged by early Wednesday, leaving them in legal limbo and still behind bars.
Katie D’Adamo, a lawyer with the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, tells BuzzFeed that — as of Wednesday morning — adults arrested in this week’s demonstrations “are being held in tiny cells” in Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Facility and “have not been able to shower.” The 34 juveniles swept up by police, meanwhile, “are being held in a separate facility across the street.”
Baltimore city courts and the state attorney’s office were closed on Tuesday in response to mass protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the local police. Thus were hundreds of citizens who’d been arrested the day prior left to languish behind bars.
Rochelle Ritchie, director of communications for the state’s attorney’s office, tells BuzzFeed that a bare bones staff showed up on Tuesday and that “some” people were indeed formally charged in court. Ritchie doesn’t specify how many, however.
With Baltimore’s judicial branch open again today, dozens of jailed protesters showed up at the John R. Hargrove Sr. Courthouse, several miles away from central booking, to receive charges for their alleged crimes.
Overwhelmed by this morning’s case load, Maryland Public Defender Paul DeWolfe reached out to private attorneys for help in representing the hundreds of people arrested in Monday night’s rioting in Baltimore.
“We’re seeking volunteer attorneys from the private bar,” DeWolfe told the Daily Record. The public defender’s office offered rates of up to $50 an hour to private attorneys.
Natalie Fineger, Baltimore’s deputy public defender, tells Vocativ that, for a typical day in court, her office needs “between seven and 15 attorneys to represent indigent arrestees at bail hearings.” Today, she and her colleagues planned to have some 40 attorneys on hand, supplemented by volunteers.
D’Adamo tells BuzzFeed she is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of 50 people who, even after dozens of protesters finally got a court date this morning, remain unaware of the charges against them.
Arizona Republican likens Trump’s loss to Japan getting nuked while losing WW II — but as a good thing
President Donald Trump on Monday allowed President-elect Joe Biden's transition to proceed -- while vowing he would never concede.
Despite Trump losing the election, some Trump supporters are refusing to accept the outcome.
One Arizona Republican in Congress, Paul Gosar, drew upon the historical knowledge him learned on his way to becoming a dentist in a bizarre analogy he posted on Twitter.
Gosar suggested the Trump movement would be like an Imperial Japanese soldier in World War II who refused to surrender until 1974.
Neal Katyal predicts law schools will teach a ‘Worst Mistakes in Court’ class on Trump’s ‘pathetic’ 20-day fiasco
Prominent lawyer Neal Katyal is best known for having tried over 40 cases before the United States Supreme Court and serving as acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.
But he also has spent more than two decades as a law professor at Georgetown.
He drew upon all of that experience for a Monday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
"Someday a law school class is going to be called 'The Worst Mistakes in Court' -- and it will be just about these 20 days," Katyal predicted. "Because this legal strategy is so pathetic it makes Trump's coronavirus strategy look competent by contrast."
Trump vows he ‘will never concede’ — in 11 pm conspiracy-filled rant
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential to President-elect Joe Biden, but is still refusing to concede.
White House aides reportedly convinced him to allow Biden to begin his transition by telling him he did not need to use the word "concede."
But that word appeared to be on his mind late Monday night.
"What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history?" Trump asked while continuing to lie about the election being corrupt.