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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.

Russell’s judicial ethics hearing concludes; no timeline for deliberations (access required)

An ethics panel concluded a multi-day hearing for a Baltimore City District Court judge late Monday after the judge testified in her defense. Judge Devy Patterson Russell is charged with failing to carry out her duties, displaying contempt for instructions from ...

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Carroll, Harford sitting judges lose to challengers (access required)

Two recently appointed judges on the ballot for confirmation were unseated in Tuesday’s election, a rarity in Maryland. Maria Oesterreicher, a former prosecutor and current state government employee, defeated incumbent Richard R. Titus, a 2016 appointee to the bench. Oesterreicher ...

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Baltimore judge accuses colleagues of isolating her, created tension in ethics hearing testimony (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A Baltimore District Court judge in the midst of a multi-day ethics hearing took the stand Monday, insisting she has not created the tense atmosphere alleged by colleagues and just wants to be permitted to do her job. ...

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DNR head denies retaliating against spokesperson for Facebook remark (access required)

The head of the Department of Natural Resources denied Thursday that a duty reassignment for an employee was related to a social media post referring to a gubernatorial candidate for governor as an “a–clown.” Candus Thomson, a spokeswoman for the ...

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4th Circuit sets December argument date for HBCU case (access required)

The parties to lengthy litigation over the treatment of historically black colleges and universities in Maryland will argue cross-appeals of a trial judge’s liability and remedy orders before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December. The appellate court ...

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Former owner of Harford development files complaint in federal lawsuit (access required)

The former owner of a development in Joppatowne now caught up in federal litigation is seeking a declaration that it is has no duties associated with the property, which was sold two years ago. The lawsuit, filed last year by the owner ...

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Plaintiffs in Baltimore jail lawsuit allege failure to comply with settlement (access required)

Plaintiffs in a decades-long lawsuit over conditions at Baltimore’s jails are asking a federal judge to extend the life of their 2016 settlement with the state due to “overwhelming evidence” of noncompliance with its terms. The motion, filed Thursday in ...

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Proposed Md. judicial discipline rules redefine reprimand, add discovery requirements (access required)

In an attempt to address problems cited by judges and the Court of Appeals, a proposed update to Maryland’s rules governing judicial ethics would create an avenue for Court of Appeals review, allow immediate notice of complaints and require discovery disclosures. ...

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