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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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Court frowns on bar applicant’s financial history

Court frowns on bar applicant’s financial history

Maryland’s top court denied admission to the bar to an applicant with a history of financial problems, including filing for bankruptcy, signing a car loan he couldn't afford and racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt despite never finding full-time employment.

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Court of Appeals disbars Hodes

Court of Appeals disbars Hodes

A lawyer for Michael C. Hodes told the state's top court Tuesday his client always planned to repay the more than $270,000 he claims he took as a loan from the estate of a deceased client.

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Hopes dashed, Harrell again decries fault standard

Hopes dashed, Harrell again decries fault standard

Over the rare and scathing dissent of one member, Maryland’s top court this month refused to hear another challenge to its long-held legal doctrine barring plaintiffs from recovering damages if they were at all to blame for their injuries.

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Court of Appeals upholds DNA check of suspect’s sweat

People who voluntarily submit to questioning in a police station relinquish any claim to the perspiration they happen to leave behind on a chair – even when detectives examine the bodily fluid for DNA linking them to a crime, a divided Maryland high court ruled Wednesday.

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