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

Judge won’t halt public information requests in suit against Baltimore Co.

U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow in 2010. (The Daily Record/Rich Dennison)

GREENBELT — A federal judge declined Wednesday to involve herself in a records dispute between Baltimore County and plaintiffs to a lawsuit alleging the police improperly handle sexual assault investigations. The county alleged in letters to the court earlier this ...

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Md. high court reinstates manslaughter conviction for heroin distribution

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Selling heroin to someone who later overdoses can rise to the level of manslaughter under certain circumstances, the state’s high court ruled Monday in a case watched by prosecutors around Maryland. The Court of Appeals, in a 4-3 decision, reinstated the ...

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Baltimore judge faces second disciplinary panel hearing in a year

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ANNAPOLIS — A controversial Baltimore City District Court judge is accused of using her influence to attempt to embarrass another judge in 2015, according to testimony before a judicial ethics panel on Monday. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities recommended a six-month suspension ...

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Insys bankruptcy could complicate some Md. opioid cases

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said the Maryland Court of Appeals’ erroneous ruling struck down a state agency’s valid determination that a convicted human trafficker must register because his victim was a child. (File photo)

Insys Therapeutics’ decision to declare bankruptcy last week won’t halt Maryland’s administrative charges against the opioid manufacturer but could affect lawsuits by cities and counties currently pending in state and federal court. Insys, which manufactures the opioid spray Subsys, filed ...

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Marijuana decriminalization sparks confusion in Md. workplaces

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OCEAN CITY — The rapidly changing landscape of marijuana decriminalization has caused “mass confusion” and legal issues in Maryland workplaces, requiring employers and employees to be aware of ongoing developments, lawyers said Friday at a panel discussion at the Maryland ...

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Lawyers discuss implicit bias, solutions at MSBA session

The judge's bench in a courtroom in Carroll County Circuit Court. (File photo)

OCEAN CITY — A room full of attorneys and judges received a primer on implicit bias and how it is manifested in court at the Maryland State Bar Association Legal Summit and Annual Meeting on Thursday. Implicit bias describes subconscious ...

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