Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender is seeking to force the warden of the Harford County Detention Center to allow virtual attorney-client meetings, which have ceased despite known cases of COVID-19 in the jail. In an 11-page complaint filed Wednesday in Harford County Circuit Court, the public defender’s office contends that the virtual meeting system attorneys used to communicate with their clients in the jail since January was cut off on April 5. The office says the change “unreasonably infringes” defendants’ rights to counsel, puts its attorneys at risk and gives wealthier people greater access to representation than indigent clients.
Public defender’s office files complaint after Harford County warden ends virtual attorney-client meetings at jail
April 23, 2021