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Top 5: ‘I think it’s outrageous’

Decisions from the Court of Appeals dominate the most-read law stories of the week. The state's highest court overturned two shooting convictions while upholding a death sentence. It also held the state's constitution prohibits active judges from being age 70 or older. Here are the Top 5 stories of the week. 1.  Court of Appeals upholds death sentence for Jody Lee Miles - Steve Lash The standard that Maryland jurors use in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is constitutional, the Court of Appeals held. The decision comes three years and four months after the top court heard the challenge by Jody Lee Miles, who was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder and robbery of an Eastern Shore musical theater director. 2. Concerns about new formula for attorneys’ fee awards - by Steve Lash The Court of Special Appeals' degree-of-success formula has drawn criticism from civil rights and consumer advocates who say it would discourage private attorneys from taking the cases, which often result in low jury awards. Defense attorneys have also voiced reservations, saying the formula could force their clients’ private settlement offers to be disclosed.