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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.

4th Circuit panel hears arguments in dispute over segregation at Md. colleges (access required)

An appellate panel will determine whether to allow a sweeping order to desegregate Maryland’s historically black institutions to stand after hearing arguments Tuesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on cross-appeals from the parties to a lawsuit filed ...

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PG police officers file federal lawsuit alleging discrimination, retaliation (access required)

Police officers of color in Prince George’s County filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging the work environment in the county police department is “pervaded by race discrimination and retaliation.” The lawsuit, announced by the ACLU of Maryland, claims white officers ...

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Federal judges feel impact of vacancy, departures from Baltimore bench (access required)

Retirements, an unfilled vacancy, and a persistent flow of complex civil and criminal litigation have combined to strain the resources of Baltimore’s federal bench in recent years. Though case filings are not up dramatically, there aren’t as many judges available ...

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No separate trials in lawsuit against Baltimore police, task force officers (access required)

A federal judge denied the Baltimore Police Department’s request to hold separate trials in a civil lawsuit against the department and former Gun Trace Task Force officers, finding it would not necessarily save judicial resources and a single trial is unlikely ...

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Judge to rule on injunction for Ocean City ban on female toplessness (access required)

A federal judge was skeptical of a legal challenge to Ocean City’s ordinance banning female toplessness on its beaches at a hearing Friday as town officials testified to the numerous calls, emails and conversations they had with concerned residents and ...

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Defendant in $364 million Ponzi scheme case seeks dismissal of SEC charges (access required)

One of the defendants charged criminally in a $364 million Ponzi scheme is asking a federal judge to dismiss the Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint or transfer the case to a different court. Jay B. Ledford is one of ...

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Judiciary testing text alerts for district court defendants (access required)

The Maryland Judiciary is testing a system that texts court date notifications to defendants with the hope that the reminders will increase appearance rates. The program launched Monday and allows defendants in district court who are screened for public defender representation for criminal ...

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Judge finds probable cause for GTTF arrest, grants judgment for officers in lawsuit (access required)

A Baltimore judge granted summary judgment for two former Gun Trace Task Force officers late Friday, finding they had probable cause to arrest a man for possession of a gun he claims was planted. Judge Wanda Keyes Heard had heard arguments ...

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Panel recommends 6-month suspension for Baltimore judge (access required)

A judicial discipline panel has recommended the immediate six-month suspension of a Baltimore City District Court judge they determined to be “volatile, unpredictable, and responsible for the enormously difficult work environment” at the District Court. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities deliberated for ...

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