Top 5: ‘In the state of Maryland, it’s against the law.’

The start of a "robocall" trial involving one of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's top aides, a couple of Court of Appeals opinions and a Silver Spring man ordered to stop acting like a lawyer are among The Daily Record's top legal affairs stories of the week. We also had one of the stars of "The Wire" tell her personal story of abuse to the Defending Childhood Task Force at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Here are the Top 5 stories of the week. 1. Judge dismisses conspiracy count in Schurick robocall case -- by Steve Lash To the prosecution, the most damning evidence that Paul E. Schurick tried to sabotage Gov. Martin O’Malley’s re-election with robocalls last fall was the content of the recorded telephone messages themselves. The Election Day 2010 messages told Democratic voters in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County — while the polls were still open — that they did not need to vote because O’Malley’s victory was well in hand, Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt argued on the second day of the trial. 2. Silver Spring man ordered to stop acting like a lawyer -- by Daily Record Staff A 33-year-old businessman from Silver Spring has been ordered by the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s office to stop acting as a lawyer and offering credit services when he is not licensed to perform either.