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

Court says state can also appeal retrial ruling

Saying what’s good for the defense is good for the state, a Maryland appeals court has ruled prosecutors can appeal a judge’s decision that a convict should be granted a retrial based on newly discovered evidence and a reasonable showing of “actual innocence.”

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Court disbars former Ehrlich appointee

Court disbars former Ehrlich appointee

Maryland’s top court Tuesday ordered the disbarment of Floyd R. Blair, a former deputy secretary at the state Department of Human Resources, for having abandoned a client in a child custody case then not returning the $1,500 retainer when the client fired him.

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Court explains next-day disbarment of Greenbelt lawyer

The Court of Appeals ordered the disbarment of a Greenbelt lawyer the day after his disciplinary hearing because he had misappropriated client funds, failed to communicate with the client and commingled personal and client funds, the court explained in an opinion Tuesday.

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Appellate mediation does more than resolve one case

Appellate mediation does more than resolve one case

The family dispute was ugly, with a mother suing her daughters over a bequest from their paternal uncle. Pretrial settlement negotiations went nowhere, fueling the animosity. A trial judge’s dismissal of the case did not end the matter: the mother filed an appeal. But no appellate court ever heard the case.

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Despite win, state faults victim-privacy ruling

The state’s top court has failed to protect the privacy rights of victims’ mental-health records during their alleged assailants’ criminal trials, the Maryland attorney general’s office and victims’ rights groups say.

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