June 23, 2018
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Judges set bail in some cases

By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Special to the BDN


Maine’s bail commissioners set preconviction bail for almost all defendants. The exceptions are:

• A judge will set bail in cases where a defendant is charged with murder.

• A judge will set bail in cases in which the attorney for the state requests a Harnish bail proceeding, which is held when the defendant is accused of crimes other than murder, such as rape, that previously warranted capital punishment in the state.

• Bail is not set in cases where a defendant is “confined in jail or held under arrest by virtue of any order issued by a court in which bail has not been authorized.”

Source: Maine statutes

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