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Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.

Criminal defense lawyers back Syed before Md. high court

FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Adnan Syed enters Courthouse East in Baltimore prior to a hearing. The hearing, scheduled to last three days before Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch, is meant to determine whether Syed's conviction will be overturned and case retried.  After spending 16 years in prison, Syed, convicted of murder, who was at the center of the podcast "Serial" has won a new trial in Baltimore. Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled Thursday, June 30, 2016, that Syed deserves another trial because his attorney failed to cross-examine a cell tower expert about the reliability of data.   (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT /The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Criminal defense counsel has an ethical duty to contact potential alibi witnesses identified by clients regardless of whether the testimony would fall within the lawyers’ trial strategy, many well-known Maryland defense attorneys argued this week in urging the state’s top court to order the retrial of convicted murderer – and podcast star – Adnan Syed.

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Md. victims’ group backs high-court review of sniper’s resentencing

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2004, file photo, Lee Boyd Malvo enters a courtroom in the Spotsylvania, Va., Circuit Court. Malvo, a sniper serving life in prison for terrorizing the Washington, D.C., region as a teenager must get new sentencing hearings in Virginia, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, June 21, 2018.  (Mike Morones /The Free Lance-Star via AP, File)

Saying murder victims' loved ones have a right to finality, a Maryland victims’ rights group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the pending resentencing of a man serving a life-without-parole sentence for committing sniper-style slayings in the Washington area in 2002, when he was a teenager.

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Judge denies Owings Mills homeowners’ motion to seal insurance litigation

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A federal judge has refused an Owings Mills couple’s request to seal court documents in their now-settled lawsuit that alleged an insurer invalidly denied coverage of their then severely water-damaged home -- though he said he sympathizes with their trouble selling the home due to the filings’ public notoriety.

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Baltimore should pay $1M in fees in abortion case, law department says

In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, people participate in a rally to show support for Planned Parenthood, organized by MoveOn and called "Pink Out Kansas City," as an anti-abortion demonstrator stands amongst them, at the Country Club Plaza,  in Kansas City, Mo. Planned Parenthood and its allies filed lawsuits Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in North Carolina, Missouri and Alaska challenging laws that they view as unconstitutional restrictions on abortion.  (John Sleezer  /The Kansas City Star via AP, File)

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates on Wednesday will consider a recommendation that the city pay more than $1 million in attorney’s fees to a Christian-based health organization that successfully challenged an ordinance that required pregnancy centers opposed to abortion and artificial ...

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