Mirviss, with Venable partner Michael Schatzow, won a precedent-setting case in September 2013 that grants indigent defendants the right to counsel at all bail hearings in Maryland, affirmed the proposal. He described bail as “almost a medieval-type concept” of using assets to buy freedom pending trial. “It was a rich man’s device,” he said.
Mirviss remarked that the proposed overhaul of the bail system faces powerful opposition. “The bail bondsmen have a significant influence and authority in Annapolis,” he said.