Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

Diversion programs draw fire

As part of a national investigation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland on Monday wrote to state’s attorneys in a dozen counties seeking documents related to a “private prosecution program” — contracts the civil rights group characterizes as a profit-sharing arrangement that outsources the prosecutorial function to a for-profit company.

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Suit against Seacrets gets underway

A trial over an Ocean City bar’s liability for a rape that occurred in its parking lot began Monday with the plaintiff’s attorney arguing that the bar failed to take reasonable precautions, while the bar’s lawyer argued the “horrible” incident was not the result of any negligence on its part.

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Luxury condo market turning up

Helped by sweeping vistas of the city’s waterfront and skyline, sales of luxury condominiums in Baltimore have spiked recently, leading the way toward a highbrow housing recovery in the local market, experts say.

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High court takes up sentencing factors case

In a case that raises the question of whether judges or juries should decide factors that could trigger an increase in the minimum sentence, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed reluctant to shake up a sentencing scheme that Congress and the courts have relied upon for more than a decade.

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Kevin Fusco: Get advice to survive fiscal cliff effect

Resolution is a term that gets thrown around pretty liberally at the beginning of the year. Millions of Americans entered 2013 making resolutions to change their lives in some fashion and use the turning of the calendar as the catalyst. Congress had another type of resolution in its sights when it set out to address the fiscal cliff.

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When Clarence Thomas speaks, I listen

News reports that Justice Clarence Thomas ended nearly seven years of silence during oral arguments Monday reminds me of the story of the 5-year-old girl who had yet to speak a word.

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