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

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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