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.

Thwarted in court, Mosby turns to federal lobbying over marijuana


Baltimore courts have again rejected Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s attempt to vacate thousands of marijuana convictions. When Mosby announced sweeping policy changes to her office’s approach to marijuana prosecutions nearly six months ago, she said she also wanted to ...

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Baltimore firm nets $4.85M verdict in Virginia products liability case

Andrew Slutkin

A Baltimore law firm obtained a $4.85 million products liability verdict in federal court in Virginia Thursday, potentially the largest ever against a national manufacturer of garage doors. Attorney Andrew G. Slutkin said jurors deliberated for around four and a ...

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4th Circuit: Baltimore police settlement ‘gag orders’ violated 1st Amendment

The 4th Circuit joined other circuits in finding that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 did not include a vehicle for patients to sue for an alleged violation. (U.S. General Services Administration)

The Baltimore Police Department cannot impose broad “gag orders” limiting what plaintiffs can say about settlement agreements, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled by a 2-1 vote ...

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Hogan appoints 3 to Baltimore County bench


Gov. Larry Hogan announced three appointments to the Baltimore County District Court bench Wednesday, naming three private practitioners to the vacancies. Guido Porcarelli, a partner at the Law Offices of Frank F. Daily P.A. in Baltimore since 2011, is also ...

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Report: BPD marine unit spent $30K on mismanaged salvage operation

Baltimore City Inspector General Isabell Cumming's office was granted broader powers and independence in a 2018 ballot referendum. (File Photo)

The Baltimore Police Department’s marine unit wasted more than $30,000 in a botched boat salvage operation in late 2016 and early 2017, the city’s inspector general has concluded. The unit began removing a 32-foot boat from the Inner Harbor near ...

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Jury awards $100k to man slapped by police officer as a teen

The Edward A. Garmatz United States Courthouse in Baltimore. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

A federal jury awarded $100,000 Tuesday to a man who was assaulted by a Baltimore Police officer while restrained in a hospital in 2015. Shymell Maxwell was 14 when Officer Duane Williams Jr. entered his hospital room at Sinai Hospital ...

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Former Eastern Shore police chief sentenced to probation in misconduct retrial


Former Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell received a three-year suspended sentence Tuesday after being retried for misconduct in office. Sewell was convicted of one count of misconduct May 15 for protecting a fellow Masonic lodge member suspected of impaired driving by ...

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$15M verdict returns to 4th Circuit, could be reargued

“Just because it's controversial doesn’t make it unconstitutional,” Andre M. Davis, shown in a 2017 photo, told the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in defending Baltimore's aerial surveillance program. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A federal appeals court won’t adopt briefs and arguments already made in Baltimore’s appeal of a $15 million wrongful conviction verdict, issuing an order Tuesday and rejecting the city’s request to expedite matters. A three-judge panel for the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Baltimore property manager to pay $500k to settle illegal rent fee claims


A Baltimore property management group will establish a $524,000 fund to repay tenants for overcharged legal fees associated with failure to pay rent cases as part of a class settlement reached last month. The settlement against Virginia-based Harbor Group Management ...

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Judge preserves bulk of PG police discrimination lawsuit

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A federal judge Monday preserved most of the discrimination and retaliation claims made by current and former Prince George’s County Police Department officers of color. Judge Theodore D. Chuang partially granted and partially denied a motion to dismiss portions of ...

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