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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Lawyer-turned-playwright hits FringeNYC
Retired Towson lawyer's play based on the 1967 Cambridge riot is getting its premiere in New York.
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.
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.
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.