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Court upholds UM murder conviction, OKs racist meme evidence

A Maryland appeals court Wednesday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a white man who stabbed to death a Black U.S. Army 2nd lieutenant at the University of Maryland five years ago, saying the jury was validly permitted to hear ...

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Md. court reverses porn conviction, says consent to search was withdrawn

Law enforcement officers were constitutionally bound to honor a suspected child pornographer’s withdrawal of his consent to their pending warrantless search of his computer even though seven days had passed and they had already copied his hard drive, Maryland’s second-highest ...

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4th Circuit weighs constitutionality of Maryland’s assault-style weapons ban

A federal appeals court panel appears poised to strike down Maryland’s ban on semiautomatic assault-style weapons as unconstitutional in light of a recent Supreme Court decision and based on the argument that the firearms are commonly used by law-abiding citizens ...

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Md. high court will weigh constitutionality of cap in state tort claims

Maryland’s top court will consider whether the limit on damages in personal injury lawsuits against the state passes constitutional muster when the injured plaintiff’s costs far exceed the statutory cap.

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