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Group claims Balt. Co. picks for judicial nominating commission not diverse enough

Group claims Balt. Co. picks for judicial nominating commission not diverse enough

Gov. Larry Hogan has yet to appoint a judge in any state court, but who might be helping him vet candidates in Baltimore County has raised concerns. The Women's Law Center of Maryland, in a letter written last week, asked the governor to remand nominations for the county's Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission because all four people are white men.

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Severna Park H.S. wins mock-trial crown

Severna Park H.S. wins mock-trial crown

Amid echoes of Ferguson, Mo., high-school students from Severna Park and Cumberland battled Friday in the mock trial of a fictional police officer accused of shooting an unarmed 18-year-old man to death without justification. With his team cast as the prosecution, Severna Park High School student Cory Jeweler said in his opening statement that Michael Case’s arms were raised in surrender when officer Darren Gray fired nine shots into him on a warm, clear day last August. “It is the police officer’s duty to protect and serve,” Jeweler said to start the championship round of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. “Gray didn’t protect and serve anyone. He pulled out his gun and pulled the trigger.”

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Book celebrates evolution of women attorneys in Maryland

Book celebrates evolution of women attorneys in Maryland

When Belva Lockwood was denied admission to the Carroll County bar in 1881, a county judge wrote in his decision that women were equipped “as little for the judicial conflicts of the court-room, as for the physical conflicts of the battlefield.” Fast forward 134 years: Lockwood’s history, along with the tales of generations of other women attorneys in Maryland, make up a newly released book called Finding Justice. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Women’s Bar Association Foundation and spearheaded by Court of Appeals Judge Lynne A. Battaglia, who named Lockwood’s story as one of the highlights of the work.

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Family of girl injured on slide at Maryland Zoo files suit

The family of a Forest Hill elementary school student who allegedly suffered a fractured skull during a 2013 field trip to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has filed suit against the institution. Lindsay Shank went down a 12-foot-high slide backwards and head-first and struck her head on a protective surface that was only two-inches thick atop the concrete, according to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

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OMG! Court of Appeals tackles social media

Social media was on trial in an opinion issued last week by Maryland’s highest court, and the "reasonable juror" won. At issue was how trial judges deal with authenticating evidence from a site like Facebook or Twitter. The Court of Appeals’ verdict: judges must simply determine that such a juror could find proof that the evidence is what the plaintiff or defendant claims it to be. In its opinion released Thursday, which consolidated three criminal cases, the court said proof of the authenticity of social networking pages or messages can be direct or circumstantial, as long as it lives up to the “reasonable juror” standard.

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Loretta Lynch to be sworn in as A.G. on Monday

As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs. She inherits a Justice Department consumed by efforts to stop the flow of Islamic State recruits to Syria and prevent destructive computer crimes against American corporations. And she arrives with the department at the center of an ongoing national dialogue on relations between police and minority communities, something she pledged at her confirmation hearing to address.

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Law digest – 4/23/15

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS Administrative Law, Environmental permits: Court of Special Appeals affirmed circuit court’s decision to remand to the Maryland Department of the Environment a stormwater permit granted by the Department to Montgomery County because, although the permit ...

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