13 May 2004

Maryland Appeals Court Legislates

As the law currently stands Maryland trial courts have the ability to reduce sentences at any time post conviction. The Legislature has refused to reduce this for the last three years. So now "[t]he Court of Appeals ruled 6-1 Monday to bar judges from reducing any sentence more than five years after it is imposed."

Hmmm . . . Not being a Maryland lawyer, I don't know who is vested with the power to set jurisdiction in Maryland. Is it not the Legislature?

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