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New Md. chief judge aims for timely decisions

Monday - 10/21/2013, 12:54pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's new chief judge has set a deadline for the state's highest court to issue decisions.

The Daily Record ( ) reported Monday that Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera says the state's highest court will issue its decisions no later than the first Aug. 31 after it hears arguments.

Before stepping down in July, retired Chief Judge Robert Bell issued majority opinions in three criminal appeals cases that had been before him for at least five-and-a-half years after they were argued.

The newspaper reports that between his retirement and Oct. 1, Bell was listed as the author of 11 more opinions in cases the court had heard years earlier.

Bell declined to say why the opinions took so long. He says his retirement acted as a spur.


Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore,

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