Frosh panel seeks right to counsel in evictions, end to body attachments

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis (File photo)

A task force created by Maryland’s attorney general urged the General Assembly Monday to provide a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings and outlaw the courts’ statutory authority to order the arrest and possible jailing of people ...

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Md. high court suspends attorney for falsely signing will


Saying perjury cannot go unsanctioned, Maryland’s top court has suspended for at least six months a Baltimore lawyer who falsely declared having witnessed a longtime client’s signing of his will when in fact the declaration, in writing, was made after ...

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Bar counsel: Lawyers had fewer complaints, more responsiveness amid COVID

Succession planning is "not something just for the older members of the bar,” says Bar Counsel Lydia Lawless. (File Photo)

COVID-19 -inspired concern for personal safety and greater use of email during the pandemic last spring might have contributed to fewer complaints being filed against Maryland attorneys and fewer lawyers failing to respond to bar counsel in fiscal 2020 — ...

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Bethesda lawyer faces misconduct claim for alleged padding of expenses


The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission has charged with misconduct a Bethesda attorney who allegedly tried to cheat the law firm he co-founded out of nearly $15,000 by padding his expense reports. Keith M. Bonner sought compensation from the firm, Bonner ...

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Va. ex-prosecutor disbarred after admitting sex with clients


RICHMOND, VA — A Richmond attorney and former Nottoway County prosecutor has been disbarred after admitting he had sex with two clients he was defending in criminal matters. The revocation of B. Thomas Bledsoe comes as a Virginia State Bar ...

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Frosh seeks $22M for free legal services amid resurgent pandemic

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said the Maryland Court of Appeals’ erroneous ruling struck down a state agency’s valid determination that a convicted human trafficker must register because his victim was a child. (File photo)

Maryland’s attorney general Wednesday called for $22 million in state funds to assist financially strapped Marylanders in need of free legal representation in eviction, foreclosure and debt-collection proceedings amid a resurgent pandemic that has already created widespread economic hardship. Brian ...

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Md. jury trial suspension elicits lawyers’ frustration, understanding, concerns

The large amount of police body camera footage is 'remarkable,' Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger says, and it has multiplied as more officers receive cameras so there is more footage for each arrest.

Prosecutors, defense counsel and civil litigators have greeted with frustration but understanding the decision by Maryland’s top jurist to suspend jury trials again, just six weeks after they resumed, due to resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were running smoothly,” ...

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Judges’ character references to AGC raise ethics concerns

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Judges may not write letters to the Attorney Grievance Commission attesting to the character of their ex-law clerks or other former lawyer-employees facing ethical complaints, lest the jurists’ messages be viewed as applying undue pressure on the lawyer-dominated disciplinary panel, ...

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