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Author Archives: Danny Jacobs

Danny Jacobs is the legal editor at The Daily Record. He previously covered trial courts at the state and local levels and served as web editor.

Sources: Belinda Conaway in hospital with ‘serious illness’

Belinda K. Conaway, Baltimore's register of wills, has been out of the office for approximately a month due to a serious illness, sources have told The Daily Record. Conaway is hospitalized at the University of Maryland Medical Center, according to the sources. A spokesman for the hospital said Wednesday that a "Belinda Conaway" is in critical condition but could not confirm the patient's identity nor the cause of her illness because of privacy laws.

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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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Appellate court weighs ousted Superblock developer’s lawsuit against Baltimore

The Superblock, as seen from the Catholic Relief building on Lexington Street. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Lexington Square Partners LLC had $65 million in financing lined up to redevelop Baltimore's Superblock and was ready to move forward with the project when the city illegally pulled out of its contract nearly two years ago, a lawyer for the ousted developer told an appellate panel last week. City officials could not move forward prior to a June 30, 2013 deadline because it still did not have title on one of the prospective properties, Jason St. John said Friday in the Court of Special Appeals. The contract's termination provision, he added, could not be enacted unilaterally by the city.

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Board of Estimates to consider $50K for police training programs

The city's spending panel is scheduled to consider Wednesday a $50,000 consultant agreement with a Baltimore law firm to conduct three training programs with police. The contract with Warnken LLC would run through the end of June and involves the law firm leading programs titled "Cars, Cops & Stops," "Seeking, Obtaining and Executing Arrest Warrants and Search Warrants" and "Preparing for and Presenting Police Testimony in Court," according to the Board of Estimates' agenda.

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Baltimore Co. judge rejects MDE permit for proposed natural gas pipeline

A Flyfisherman enjoying the late summer breeze while standing in the center of the Gunpowder River. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has ordered the Maryland Department of the Environment to revise a permit it issued for a 21-mile natural gas pipeline that would run into Harford County. Judge Justin J. King ruled last week it was "impossible" for him to determine whether the permit complies with water quality regulations because it lacks specifics and that MDE did not give enough time for public notice and comment.

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Experts: Change of venue request would make sense

Michael Davey

Baltimore-area criminal defense lawyers had a wide variety of reactions to State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision Friday to bring charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. But they were unanimous in what they would do first if they were representing the police officers -- seek a change of venue for the court proceedings.

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