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

Supreme Court declines to hear Md. rapist’s appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of a convicted rapist who had urged the justices to overturn his conviction and rule the the Maryland State Police violated his constitutional rights by surreptitiously checking the DNA in the perspiration he left on a chair after being questioned voluntarily at an MSP barracks.

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Shabby data dooms EEOC disparate impact claim

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has come under sharp attack from a federal appeals court judge for its choice of an expert and use of “utterly unreliable” analysis in trying to show that pre-employment background criminal and credit background checks have a disparate impact on black job applicants.

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Schools fight ‘affirmative consent’ legislation

Acknowledging the problem of on-campus sexual assaults, Maryland college representatives nevertheless assailed as unnecessary legislation that would require written policies stating that romantic partners must secure each other’s “affirmative consent” to sexual activity.

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Union representative to share in False Claims Act settlement

A union representative who blew the whistle on a Frederick-based federal subcontractor and other companies for allegedly lying to the government about paying prevailing wages to employees will receive a $72,000 share of the U.S. government’s $400,000 settlement in the False Claims Act litigation, said an attorney for the representative.

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Court moves up arguments in Carroll County case to Monday

In a nod to time being of the essence, Maryland’s high court said it will hear arguments Monday on whether the Carroll County Republican Central Committee should have refused Gov. Larry Hogan’s demand for additional names once the committee notified him of its choice to fill a state Senate vacancy.

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Frosh, PD defend budgets to Senate panel

Maryland’s chief public defender and the attorney general urged the General Assembly on Monday to hold the line on their proposed budgets for fiscal 2016, saying financial constraints already prevent them from filling vacancies.

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