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Danny Jacobs covers trial courts and general legal affairs for The Daily Record.

Montgomery Co. jury finds orthopedic practice not liable for ‘wrist drop’

A Montgomery County jury has found in favor of a Kensington orthopedic practice sued by a former patient who alleged he lost use of his left arm following surgery almost four years ago. The verdict for Montgomery Orthopaedics P.A. and Dr. Harrison Solomon followed a seven-day jury trial in Montgomery County Circuit Court earlier this month.

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Mother of inmate killed inside Jessup files wrongful death lawsuit

The mother of an inmate killed by his cellmate in 2012 at the Jessup Correctional Institution has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state. Jimmie Ruth Craven alleges corrections officers should have known Jeffrey E. Cordell "was a danger to other inmates" when they housed her son with him, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. She is seeking $2 million in punitive damages and more than $75,000 in compensatory damages.

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Top court upholds dying man’s ID of alleged killer

Video of a dying man blinking at a photo of his alleged killer is admissible evidence at trial, even though the victim cannot be cross-examined and he lived for another two years, Maryland's top court held Friday. A unanimous Court of Appeals held Mevlin Pate's identification of Jermaine Hailes was a "dying declaration," meaning Hailes does not have a Sixth Amendment right of confronting his accuser in Prince George's County Circuit Court. "Here, we reach the same conclusion that the Supreme Court has consistently endorsed for more than a century, and hold that the Confrontation Clause does not apply to dying declarations," Judge Shirley M. Watts wrote in affirming the Court of Special Appeals.

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Orioles’ Reimold alleges negligence by Hopkins’ doctors

Orioles’ Reimold alleges negligence by Hopkins’ doctors

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has filed suit against The Johns Hopkins Hospital, alleging a 2012 back surgery failed after doctors told him to return to playing before he was fully healed. Reimold was diagnosed with a herniated disk and underwent spinal surgery at Hopkins in June 2012, according to his lawyers at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy P.A. in Baltimore.

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$175K wrongful death settlement before Board of Estimates

The city's spending panel is scheduled to approve Wednesday a $175,000 settlement with the family of a man shot and killed by police in July 2012. The family of Michael Omar Wudtee filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit in October 2013, according to court records. The case was scheduled for trial in February but was settled a month earlier, according to online court records.

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Hershey v. Hershey almost wrapped up

Hershey v. Hershey almost wrapped up

The end of the General Assembly's legislative session means some lawmakers will take a vacation while others will go back to their day jobs. For Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr., Sine Die means the Eastern Shore Republican will finally have a chance to end a trademark infringement lawsuit over his campaign signs.

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Calvert County jury awards $2.8M in fatal car crash

A Calvert County jury has awarded $2.8 million to the family of a Prince Frederick man killed in a car accident two years ago. The award for Michael J. Funchion's wife, Kathleen, and two sons, announced Friday, includes $1.5 million in noneconomic damages, which will be lowered under the state's cap on noneconomic damages and bring the total award to approximately $2.5 million.

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