Court of Appeals

Md. court: Supervised visitation did not violate sex abuser’s parental rights

The Courts of Appeal building in Annapolis. (The Daily Record File)

A sentencing judge did not violate a convicted child sexual abuser’s fundamental right to parent by requiring -- as a condition of probation -- that his visits with his pre-school son be supervised, even though the abuse was not of his boy but of a 10-year-old girl not related to him, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled.

Read More »

Top Md. court: A sniff inside a car constitutes a ‘search’

The Courts of Appeal builiding in Annapolis. (File)

Motorists pulled over during routine traffic stops have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the interior of their cars such that police officers must have probable cause, reasonable suspicion or reasonably fear for the public’s immediate safety before they stick their noses in the car and smell evidence of drug use, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled.

Read More »

Md. high court finds no violation in teacher’s explicit calls to teen

Maryland Court of Appeals. (file)

A Salisbury martial-arts instructor who engaged in sexually explicit telephone calls and emails with a 15-year-old female student outside of class did not violate a Maryland law prohibiting sexual exploitation of a minor by someone with temporary care, custody or supervision of the child, a divided Maryland top court ruled Tuesday.

Read More »