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District Court Judge Stone agrees to 5-day suspension

Maryland District Court Judge Norman R. Stone III has agreed to a five-day suspension without pay for holding 28 people in contempt of court because they had their cell phones on in his Baltimore County courtroom or because they engaged in rude behavior, such as slamming the courtroom door.

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Judge dismisses Md. debt-collection cases

District Court of Maryland Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn on Wednesday dismissed 3,168 debt-collection cases pending against Maryland residents with prejudice, meaning they cannot be refiled. The order follows a settlement and final order in U.S. District Court of a ...

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Court adopts rule on lawyers at bail review

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court has adopted a procedural rule for providing public defenders to indigent defendants at bail review hearings. The Court of Appeals’ rule, which took effect last Tuesday, follows the enactment last month of House Bill 261, ...

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Woman acts crazy to avoid jury duty

Remember the time on “30 Rock” when Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, got out of jury duty by dressing up as Princess Leia and pretending she actually thought she was the Star Wars character? “I really don’t think it’s fair for ...

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O’Malley nominates Kratovil to be a judge

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley has nominated former Maryland congressman Frank Kratovil to the District Court for Queen Anne’s County. O’Malley announced the appointment on Wednesday to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John T. Clark III. ...

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