: News

Filed Under:

Former Maryland Public Defender Asks Lawmakers For Changes In Board Role

Play associated audio

The former head of Maryland's Public Defender's Office, who was fired in August, is asking lawmakers to change the law to protect the agency's independence.

Nancy Forster is asking Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to increase the size of the board that voted to remove her. Forster also says the board should only play an advisory role in the affairs of the public defenders office.

The board currently has three members. The members voted 2 to 1 to fire Forster after a dispute about staffing. Forster wanted to keep social workers in the office despite serious state budget problems.

Board Chairman T. Wray McCurdy says the public defender's office has seen a big increase in cases and must focus on defending the poor in court. McCurdy argues the office should avoid committing resources to social services already performed by other agencies.

Rebecca Blatt reports...


Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you're ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.
WAMU 88.5

Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

WAMU 88.5

International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.