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High court indefinitely suspends Maryland attorney who represented husband

Maryland Court of Appeals

A unanimous Maryland high court on Friday indefinitely suspended a Columbia solo practitioner who, while representing her husband, lied to opposing counsel and spoke directly to an opposing party despite knowing she had legal representation. In its 7-0 decision, the ...

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Maryland high court disbars former Harford state’s attorney

A unanimous Maryland high court Friday disbarred retired Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly for having withheld a potentially exculpatory report from the defense in a decades-old murder case and for misleading a judge about the study’s existence. The ...

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PETA seeks more than $1.4M in fees, costs from Cumberland zoo

An animal rights group is seeking more than $1.4 million in attorney’s fees and costs for its successful litigation and defense of a federal judge’s order that a lion and two tigers be removed from a Cumberland zoo where four ...

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Judges must avoid advice, talk of reform, in police training, ethics panel says

Judges who speak at police training sessions must stick to discussing the law and legal process and avoid topics related to testifying in court or the merits of police reform, the Maryland Judicial Ethics Committee stated this week. Providing information ...

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Electronic filing begins Oct. 25 for Montgomery County courts

Montgomery County lawyers will begin filing their cases and appeals electronically beginning Oct. 25, the Maryland Judiciary stated this month. The county’s long-delayed launch of the Maryland Electronic Courts system will make Prince George’s County and the City of Baltimore ...

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Ex-prosecutor Cassilly defends himself against ethics charges

Facing potential disbarment, retired Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly defended himself Thursday before Maryland’s top court against Attorney Grievance Commission allegations that he withheld a potentially exculpatory report from the defense in a decades-old murder case and for ...

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Maryland high court defers to legislature, rejects rule to reduce youthful offenders’ sentences

Maryland’s top court rejected a proposal to give circuit court judges discretion to reduce the life sentences of convicts who committed their crimes before age 25 and who have served at least 24 years in prison.

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