ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s top court will consider whether people sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles have a “meaningful opportunity” for clemency or parole by the state based on their maturity and rehabilitation behind bars, as required ...Read More »
A Baltimore defense attorney with more than 40 years of experience is facing disbarment proceedings. Edward Smith Jr. is accused of having violated about 10 of the Maryland Lawyers Rules of Professional Conduct for mishandling client funds, taking money from ...
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After months of gathering information and soliciting comments from the legal community, an advisory committee assembled by the Judiciary has endorsed Maryland adopting the Uniform Bar Examination. Committee members voted 11-1 to recommend the adoption of the UBE along with ...
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A defense attorney told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday that a videotaped, set-to-music victim-impact statement designed to stir a sentencing judge’s emotions violated a convicted double-murderer’s federal constitutional rights to due process and be free from arbitrary and capricious ...Read More »
ANNAPOLIS – In a case addressing if canines need resumes, Maryland’s top court will consider the extent to which appellate courts can review a trial judge’s determination that a drug-sniffing dog was qualified to alert traffic police to an illegal ...Read More »
A Bel Air solo practitioner and former partner at two large Maryland law firms was disbarred Monday amid a hearing judge’s findings that she mishandled her client’s money, failing to give her client proper advice and for not cooperating with ...
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ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s top court grappled Wednesday with just how crime-ridden a neighborhood must be to justify police officers giving chase and frisking for weapons an individual who runs away upon seeing them. The defense lawyer and prosecutor arguing before ...Read More »
Maryland’s top court Thursday upheld warrants to search suspected criminals’ cellphones based on the training and experience of police officers who said evidence related to drug and violent activities are often found on the devices. In a pair of 5-2 ...Read More »
In a landmark family-law ruling, Maryland’s top court held Tuesday that grandparents seeking custody of a grandchild need show only by a preponderance of the evidence that the parent is unfit. In its decision, the Court of Appeals ruled unnecessary ...Read More »
Criminal defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial and ordered committed to a mental health facility must be transferred from pretrial detention to the hospital without unreasonable delay, lest their state constitutional right to due process be violated, Maryland’s top court ...Read More »