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

Court of Appeals upholds post-arrest flip-phone search

Court of Appeals upholds post-arrest flip-phone search

Police officers may open the flip phone of a person they just arrested and examine its screen saver but need a warrant to search the text messages and other information contained within the device in the absence of a public-safety emergency, Maryland’s top court ruled Monday in a trio of decisions.

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This will not be on the bar exam

This will not be on the bar exam

Profile of Baltimore attorney Billy Murphy leads news summary that includes judge's release of immigrant children, alleged Ethiopian hackers and a commissioner who couldn't keep cool.

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Court of Appeals: Public officials liable for gross negligence

Court of Appeals: Public officials liable for gross negligence

Prison guards and other public officials can be held personally liable for deaths and injuries caused by their gross negligence, Maryland’s top court unanimously held Friday in ruling that a correctional officer is not immune from liability for one inmate’s strangulation of another on a prison bus headed to Baltimore.

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Peanuts, Cracker Jack and torts

Peanuts, Cracker Jack and torts

I'd bet my law license that everyone studying for next week's bar exam has received unsolicited advice on how best to prepare for the test: Make sure to take a bar review class, pace yourself, get plenty of sleep, don't over-think the multiple choice, multi-state section, etc.

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Fortuitious find helps Neuralstem win dismissal of claim

Neuralstem Inc. can thank the discovery of a 1991 agreement among three inventors for a federal judge’s dismissal Wednesday of a multimillion-dollar claim that the Germantown-based biotech company infringed a California firm’s patent on a spinal treatment.

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U.S. District Court pick Xinis gets Senate hearing

U.S. District Court pick Xinis gets Senate hearing

Paula Xinis’ nomination for a U.S. District Court judgeship in Greenbelt took a step forward Wednesday as the Baltimore lawyer and former federal public defender testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at her confirmation hearing.

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Lack of interest in Court of Appeals seat surprises observers

Lack of interest in Court of Appeals seat surprises observers

Who wouldn’t want a job that pays $176,433 a year and gives you job security until age 70? The answer, apparently, is a whole lot of judges and lawyers living in Prince George’s County who passed on the opportunity — at least for now — to apply for a vacant seat on Maryland’s top court.

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