The Baltimore legal community mourning the loss of a longtime prosecutor and a Baltimore County restaurant winning a round in a battle over its parking lot are among the Top 5 legal affairs stories of the week. The most-read story of the week by far, however, was a federal judge’s ruling striking down Maryland’s handgun permit law. The Top 5 stories are:
1. Maryland handgun permit law found unconstitutional — by Steve Lash
A federal judge in Baltimore has struck down part of Maryland’s handgun permit law as violating the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Judge Benson E. Legg said the law’s demand that applicants show “good and substantial reason” to carry a gun is overly broad and not “reasonably adapted” to the state’s substantial interest in ensuring public safety.
2. Legal community mourns Alex Yankelove — by Ben Mook
In describing the late Alexander Yankelove, friends and colleagues of the man who spent nearly four decades at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office paint a picture of a tireless worker whose unflagging professionalism influenced generations of young prosecutors — including one who went on to become governor of the state.