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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. legislators on standby as murder sentencing scheme faces constitutional challenge (access required)

Since lawmakers repealed the death penalty in 2013, life in prison without the possibility of parole has become the most severe criminal penalty an individual can face in Maryland. Unlike the death penalty, however, life without parole has no standards ...

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Md. lawyers say Supreme Court nominee ‘one smart judge’ (access required)

President Barack Obama nominated Wednesday federal appellate judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, praising his decency and even-handedness. Garland, 63, is the chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and would fill ...

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William Porter, Linda Tripp and a rarity in Md. criminal proceedings (access required)

The Court of Appeals set the stage for a rare kind of pretrial hearing in ruling Officer William Porter can be compelled to testify against his fellow officers with immunity despite his retrial scheduled for June. Though the court has ...

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Bill seeks to close search ‘loopholes’ for police (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Prosecutors heavily criticized Thursday a bill they said would “attempt to change hundreds of years of Supreme Court case law” but advocates said ensures police would not be rewarded for conducting searches without probable cause. Del. Curt Anderson, ...

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Court’s order for Porter to testify could have ‘monumental consequences’ (access required)

In a precedent-setting decision, Maryland’s highest court ruled Tuesday that a criminal defendant can be compelled to testify against co-defendants so long as they are granted immunity. The Court of Appeals ordered Officer William Porter to testify against his fellow ...

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