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.

Delegates debate mandating judge names in Case Search


A bill to mandate the inclusion of judges’ names in Maryland Judiciary Case Search faced pushback Wednesday as skeptics questioned whether the measure would endanger judges or lead to public pressure affecting their decisions. Del. Robin L. Grammer Jr., R-Baltimore ...

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City, food truck owners debate constitutionality of proximity ban on appeal

Joey Vanoni, owner of the Pizza di Joey food truck, slices a buffalo chicken pizza in his mobile kitchen. Vanoni is suing Baltimore city over a rule that prevents him from setting up within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant that specializes in pizza. (Maximilian Franz/File photo)

ANNAPOLIS — Attorneys for Baltimore on Tuesday asked an appellate panel to allow the enforcement of a city ban on food trucks operating too close to businesses selling the same food, arguing that a trial judge should not have found the ...

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Judge dismisses Maryland’s lawsuit claiming nonenforcement of ACA

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (File Photo)

A federal judge Friday dismissed Maryland’s lawsuit seeking to have the Affordable Care Act declared constitutional and enforceable because the state currently lacks standing, but she left the door open for the lawsuit to be filed again later. U.S. District ...

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Retired detective seeks reversal of $15M wrongful-conviction verdict

Sabein Burgess, who spent nearly two decades in prison before being exonerated. (Photo courtesy of Sabein Burgess)

A retired Baltimore Police Department detective is asking a federal appeals court to vacate a $15 million verdict awarded to a wrongfully incarcerated man who claimed the detective ignored and withheld exculpatory evidence. Sabein Burgess spent nearly two decades in prison ...

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4th Circuit upholds dismissal of lawsuit claiming MDOT leaders retaliated against union

An MTA bus. The bidding process for a lucrative health insurance contract for Maryland Transit Administration employees is being called bad for businesses and uncompetitive by one state official and a lobbyist for an insurance company that did not get the contract. (File)

A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a First Amendment retaliation case filed by the head of a local transit union against Maryland Department of Transportation leaders. David McClure, head of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 representing bus drivers and ...

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Drug companies seek consolidation of Anne Arundel, Baltimore opioid lawsuits

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ANNAPOLIS — Attorneys for opioid manufacturers and distributors argued Monday that Anne Arundel County’s lawsuit against them should be consolidated with Baltimore’s for more efficient pretrial proceedings. The defendants say the Baltimore case is “substantially similar” to the county’s and the Maryland ...

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Montgomery County sheriff revises immigrant detention policy after complaints

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has revised an immigrant detention policy after pressure from civil rights groups last month who called it unconstitutional. The ACLU of Maryland, CASA and other advocates sent the department a letter in December demanding it ...

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Prince George’s officers claim retaliation since filing civil rights suit

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Some of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the Prince George’s Police Department discriminates against officers of color are claiming they are facing retaliation at work since the suit was filed. The lawsuit, filed in December, alleges the department is ...

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