On the Record

Nov 13, 2018

Frosh seeks Whitaker-for-Rosenstein trade

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh’s bid for a court order that  Matthew G. Whitaker be ousted as acting U.S. attorney general in favor of Deputy AG Rod J. Rosenstein may be just as personal as political. In announcing his effort to seek the switch, Frosh called President Donald Trump’s selection of Whitaker a “brazen […]

Nov 12, 2018

Florida recounts bring back memories

Welcome to Monday, the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Epperson v. Arkansas decision striking down as unconstitutional a state law that prohibited teaching evolution in public schools. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Florida’s current recount drama sparks deja vu. — Lack of criminal records does not spare […]

Nov 5, 2018

Consent decree monitor stresses need for permanent BPD commissioner

Consent Decree Monitor Kenneth L. Thompson stressed the importance for Baltimore to find a permanent police commissioner in order to implement changes required by the decree, he told a room of members of the region’s business community at a breakfast hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee on Monday. In talking about a staffing plan for […]

Nov 5, 2018

Is there a scooter defense to DWI?

An arrest in Austin, Texas, leads news summary including an appeal in Myanmar, a request to leave Pakistan and a judge's effort to ward off political attacks.

Nov 1, 2018

11th Circuit: Annotated code cannot be copyrighted

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled that Georgia’s annotated state code cannot be copyrighted, marking a win for advocates of open law. The appellate court reversed a lower court decision in which in an Atlanta federal judge ruled that open law advocate Carl Malamud violated copyright by posting a copy of […]

Court of Appeals
Oct 31, 2018

Md. high court will be dateless in December

Maryland’s top court, like its federal counterpart, is a discretionary tribunal, meaning it can pick and choose the appeals it chooses to hear. Every such “court of last resort” has times when it exercises more discretion than it usually does and hears fewer cases, a trend referred to as “the incredible shrinking docket.” The Maryland […]

Oct 29, 2018

DOJ, EEOC disagree on transgender bias

Welcome to Monday, the 89th anniversary of Black Tuesday. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Justice Department splits with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over transgender bias. — Did a conference over cold cuts violate Wisconsin’s open-meetings law? — New York’s top cop apologizes to woman for police mishandling of her […]

Oct 22, 2018

We’re not talking about the Pentagon papers

School seeks to block publication leads news items including quadruple-murder trial, $2.5 million landlord-tenant settlement and justices file a petition.

Oct 19, 2018

Lawyer-turned-playwright hits FringeNYC

Retired Towson lawyer's play based on the 1967 Cambridge riot is getting its premiere in New York.

Oct 18, 2018

Offit Kurman’s largest office set to be in New York City

Founded as a small Baltimore office more than 30 years ago, Offit Kurman’s recent affiliation with a Manhattan law firm will put its largest office in the Big Apple.

Oct 17, 2018

Baltimore, police settle with ’16 Artscape protestors

A Baltimore judge has formally approved a settlement the city reached in August with a group of protesters arrested at Artscape in 2016.

Oct 8, 2018

Lawyer gets benched by UM football team

Rick Jaklitsch, one of the Terps' biggest boosters, was scheduled to travel with the team to its game Saturday at the University of Michigan.

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