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Steve Lash covers appellate courts and general legal affairs for The Daily Record.

Bill on bail hearings gaining traction

Bill on bail hearings gaining traction

The pretrial-reform legislation gaining the most traction in the General Assembly this session could render moot the right to counsel at initial bail hearings by eliminating the discretion of district court commissioners in deciding who is released or remanded to custody before trial.

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Baltimore asks justices to stop Brady lawsuit

The Baltimore Police Department and three officers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a $15 million lawsuit brought against them by a man who served 20 years in prison for murder before DNA tests led to his freedom.

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Judge lets First Amendment bias claim proceed

Brandon Jenkins’ interview for Baltimore County Community College’s radiation-therapy program nosedived in 2013 after he told interviewers that “God led him” to a career in that medical field, he claims in a federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination.

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Judge lets ADA suit against Baltimore County proceed

A demoted but later reinstated guard at the Baltimore County Detention Center can proceed with his disability discrimination claim after a federal judge ruled a jury should decide if the county unlawfully forced the employee to accept the demotion without considering possible accommodations for his debilitating condition.

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EEOC reaches $75,000 accord in postpartum-depression case

A consulting firm has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle an Americans with Disabilities Act claim the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought on behalf of a former Rockville employee who claimed the company fired her rather than making job-related accommodations for her postpartum depression.

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Fired Kent County principals’ discrimination suit advances

Two fired Eastern Shore elementary school principals can proceed with their age and race or gender discrimination claims after a federal judge rejected the Kent County Board of Education’s motion for dismissal and expressed doubt about the panel’s benign explanation for the terminations.

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