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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.

Bill to provide tool to vacate GTTF-related convictions passes House (access required)

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek to vacate convictions they no longer have faith in passed the House of Delegates Thursday after being amended in committee to limit its scope. House Bill 874 was designed in part to address ...

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Homeowners allege debt collectors are violating statute of limitations law (access required)

A group of homeowners filed a complaint last week alleging a debt collector is violating a recent Maryland law by bringing foreclosure actions on debts that are more than three years old. The filing was made as a counter claim ...

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Former dealership employee alleges he was fired for objecting to fraud (access required)

A former employee is suing the Thompson Automotive Group because he says he was fired when he refused to participate in a fraudulent customer loan application scheme. Joseph Palumbo, who has worked at dealerships in the region for more than ...

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Md. prosecutors, police oppose ban on sharing in federal asset seizures (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Police agencies that partner with federal law enforcement told a Senate committee Tuesday that being able to receive a portion of the assets seized in the investigation is vital to their ability to break up vast criminal organizations and drug trafficking ...

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Former court employee sues Baltimore clerk’s office for gender bias (access required)

A former employee of the Baltimore City Circuit Court filed a federal lawsuit against the clerk’s office Thursday, alleging she was fired in retaliation for complaining about sex discrimination. Erica Lunn claims she filed complaints internally saying that the dress code for ...

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ACLU, LDF, parents ask court to reopen Baltimore school funding case (access required)

A group of parents and civil rights groups is petitioning to reopen a historic case concerning funding for Baltimore City Public Schools, the ACLU of Maryland announced Thursday. The lawsuit, Bradford v. State of Maryland, led to the creation of the Thornton ...

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Innocence Project clients, lawyers ask for transparency on jailhouse witnesses (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Recent exonerees and Innocence Project attorneys told a Senate committee Wednesday that more transparency and scrutiny of so-called jailhouse witnesses is needed to prevent wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 769, as amended, would require a central list of in-custody ...

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