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Author Archives: Heather Cobun

Heather Cobun is the trial courts reporter at The Daily Record. Got news? Call her at (443) 524-8191. Follow her on Twitter: @hcobun.

Md. high court has little guidance for upcoming Freddie Gray hearing

A hearing on Baltimore prosecutors’ motion to call an officer charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray as a witness against two of his colleagues is scheduled for Wednesday with little guidance from the Court of Appeals. The ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Baltimore police, enforces Md. damages cap

A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a police trainee who lost an eye after being accidentally shot during a training exercise and refused a $200,000 settlement offered to him by Baltimore city. Raymond Gray’s attorney, A. Dwight ...

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Justice Reinvestment Act result of major compromise, but work remains

Many of the far-reaching implications of the criminal justice overhaul known as the Justice Reinvestment Act are clear but legislators and stakeholders expect still more will come to light and need attention prior to the bill’s October 2017 enactment date. ...

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Sitting judges challenged for Baltimore City Circuit Court seats

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has not lost in an election since 1982. But as polls open for early voting Thursday, the slate of sitting judges faces two challengers, including a well-funded politician with name recognition. All six judges ...

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Partial expungement fails in Md. General Assembly despite last-minute efforts

Eleventh-hour logistics killed a bill with bipartisan support in the General Assembly that would have allowed people to expunge online evidence of crimes that didn’t result in convictions. House Bill 220, which was amended to limit its impact to Maryland ...

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Attorneys make last-minute protest to Md. garnishment bill

A bill to change the way creditors garnish bank accounts has not faced opposition at committee hearings in the General Assembly, but consumer advocates are now mounting last-minute opposition after learning this week about the legislation’s existence. Senate Bill 397 ...

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Montgomery Co. jury finds doctor not liable in wrongful death suit

A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury has found an Olney anesthesiologist not liable in the death of a 70-year-old man following a diagnostic procedure. Marcos Torres was admitted to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in September 2011 with acute pancreatitis and ...

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Prosecutors test Court of Appeals ruling in Porter case

Without knowing the logic and limits of the Court of Appeals’ decision that Officer William Porter can be compelled to testify against his co-defendants in the Freddie Gray cases despite his pending retrial, Baltimore city prosecutors have moved to compel ...

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