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Baltimore Co. jury awards family $2M in premature birth lawsuit

A Baltimore County jury has awarded a Woodlawn family $2 million who alleged their OB-GYN's failure to identify their daughter would be born premature led to the girl's cerebral palsy. The award announced Monday for Muhammad and Fatima Abid on behalf of their daughter, Maria, against Dr. Meera A. Rawtani includes $1.5 million in future medical expenses and $350,000 in noneconomic damages, according to one of the plaintiffs' lawyers.

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Top court upholds dying man’s ID of alleged killer

Video of a dying man blinking at a photo of his alleged killer is admissible evidence at trial, even though the victim cannot be cross-examined and he lived for another two years, Maryland's top court held Friday. A unanimous Court of Appeals held Mevlin Pate's identification of Jermaine Hailes was a "dying declaration," meaning Hailes does not have a Sixth Amendment right of confronting his accuser in Prince George's County Circuit Court. "Here, we reach the same conclusion that the Supreme Court has consistently endorsed for more than a century, and hold that the Confrontation Clause does not apply to dying declarations," Judge Shirley M. Watts wrote in affirming the Court of Special Appeals.

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Calvert County jury awards $2.8M in fatal car crash

A Calvert County jury has awarded $2.8 million to the family of a Prince Frederick man killed in a car accident two years ago. The award for Michael J. Funchion's wife, Kathleen, and two sons, announced Friday, includes $1.5 million in noneconomic damages, which will be lowered under the state's cap on noneconomic damages and bring the total award to approximately $2.5 million.

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