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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.

Ex-GTTF officer may testify at hearing on city’s indemnification lawsuit

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At least one former Gun Trace Task Force officer may be called to testify at a hearing next month in the city’s case seeking a ruling on whether Baltimore must pay for judgments obtained in police misconduct lawsuits. The court ...

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Love family relinquishes claim on killer’s insurance policy in $30M lawsuit

George Huguely V was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Yeardley Love. (File photo)

The family of Yeardley Love no longer believe it is entitled to her killer’s family homeowners’ insurance policy in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit, but George Huguely V continues to argue the insurance company must cover him. Sharon Love, the ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Baltimore officers for ’14 shooting

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, a patch depicting the Baltimore Police Department seal is seen on Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle's uniform as he speaks at a news conference in Baltimore. The city has been casting for its fourth police leader in a year while the flailing department faces pressure to bring down violent crime levels that are among the nation's worst. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by a man shot by Baltimore police in 2014, finding the man brought his claims improperly under federal civil rights law. Michael Johansen sued four officers and former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in 2015. ...

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Human trafficking survivors, advocates seek expansion of vacatur law

Sen. Susan C. Lee, D-Montgomery, is the sponsor of a measure would require the prosecution of anyone who made threats that would — if carried out — immediately put five or more people in substantial risk of their safety. (File photo)

Human trafficking survivors and advocates say the law allowing survivors to have their prostitution convictions vacated must be expanded to include other crimes to close a gap in the justice system. Senate Bill 691 would add misdemeanors such as drug ...

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Judge overturns $20 million verdict in lawsuit against Beretta

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A Baltimore County judge reduced a $20 million jury verdict to $1 Tuesday after determining that the plaintiff, a local aerospace manufacturing company, had failed to prove damages against Beretta USA for breaching a nondisclosure agreement. Adcor Defense Inc. brought ...

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Mosby, others seek tool to allow court to vacate ‘unjust’ convictions

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. (File photo)

Spurred by difficulties vacating convictions from prosecutions that involved officers from the former Gun Trace Task Force, a group of prosecutors and criminal justice reform advocates are supporting legislation to create a new mechanism in the law. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn ...

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Impact of Supreme Court opinion on asset forfeiture unclear in Maryland

The U. S. Supreme Court building stands quietly before dawn in Washington. The Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. The Supreme Court is considering Gamble’s case Thursday, Dec. 6, and the outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Last week’s unanimous Supreme Court decision that the Eighth Amendment’s excessive fines clause applies to the states is garnering praise, but it is unclear how much the decision’s impact will be felt in Maryland, where legislators have been chipping away at ...

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Harrison wants to reduce workloads, improve morale in BPD

Commissioner Michael Harrison addresses a Greater Baltimore Committee meeting in February, when he was acting commissioner. (Heather Cobun)

Addressing a Baltimore business group Monday morning, Baltimore’s new acting police commissioner said he’s confident the department can be overhauled but stressed the need to reduce officers’ workloads and to establish better systems for training and accountability. Acting Commissioner Michael ...

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Former Montgomery Co. economic development COO sentenced to 4 years

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The former chief operating officer for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development who admitted to embezzling $6.7 million in county funds was sentenced to four years in prison by a federal judge Friday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. ...

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