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Lawyer who secretly altered own child-custody accord disbarred

Lawyer who secretly altered own child-custody accord disbarred

Maryland’s top court has disbarred a Towson attorney who secretly altered her child-custody agreement before handing it to her soon-to-be ex-husband to sign, lied to the court and opposing counsel in her divorce case, lied on a loan modification application and failed to file income tax returns for four years.

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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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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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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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DNA analyst must testify, Md. high court rules

Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to cross-examine a DNA analyst whose report puts them at the crime scene “within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” Maryland’s top court has held in overturning the attempted murder and armed-robbery convictions of a man whose DNA was allegedly found on the mask the criminal used.

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