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Some Md. courts defy weather

Because of the gathering storm, most state courts are closed today. But some intrepid courthouses are carrying on, at least until forced to surrender. Richard Truax, a supervisor in the land records department in Somerset County Circuit Court, said the ...

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ACLU backs bill limiting public defenders’ caseloads

The constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel should spur the General Assembly to pass legislation to limit the number of felony and misdemeanor cases handled by the state’s overworked public defenders and have the extra cases handled by appointed private-sector attorneys, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland told a Senate committee Wednesday.

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Law digest – 3/5/15

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Law, Rule of Lenity: Where there were two overlapping, but not identical, criminal offenses prohibiting individuals previously convicted of certain drug-related crimes from possessing certain types of firearms, the prosecutor had discretion to charge the ...

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