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Nov 5, 2021

Maryland appeals court upholds murder conviction in graduation-eve slayings

A Maryland appeals court upheld a man’s second-degree murder conviction in the killings of two Montgomery County teenagers on the eve of their high-school graduation.

Oct 22, 2021

Ex-Hogan aide McGrath, accused of wire fraud, to remain on supervised release

Roy C. McGrath, a former top adviser to Gov. Larry Hogan accused of wire fraud, remains on supervised release after a brief court hearing Friday.

Oct 18, 2021

Wicomico County faces 2nd lawsuit over prisoner suicides at detention center

A new lawsuit claims that Wicomico County Detention Center staff ignored an incarcerated man's declining mental health in the days and hours before he died by suicide in 2018.

Oct 18, 2021

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court. A New York man charged in […]

Oct 15, 2021

Judge firms up trial date for Smollett, won’t dismiss case

CHICAGO — A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019. An attorney for the former “Empire” actor said Smollett’s rights were […]

Oct 15, 2021

Md. man appeals conviction for Black student’s killing

ANNAPOLIS — A white man serving a life sentence for stabbing a Black college student to death at a bus stop at the University of Maryland has asked the state’s second highest court to throw out his murder conviction. WTOP-FM reports that Sean Urbanski’s attorneys argue that the trial judge shouldn’t have allowed jurors to see […]

Oct 15, 2021

Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a rioter’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The officer, Michael A. Riley, is accused of tipping off someone who participated in the riot by telling them to remove posts from […]

Oct 13, 2021

Mosby to release police ‘do not call’ list after loss in appellate court

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday that she will soon make public a “do not call” list of city police officers with integrity issues, which she has repeatedly refused to release, after a state appeals court ruled against her office this week. Mosby said in a statement that she will release the list […]

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Oct 12, 2021

Baltimore County agrees to pay $6.5M in fatal police shooting

Baltimore County has agreed to pay $6.5 million to the family of a man fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop on an interstate highway two years ago. The agreement settles the family’s federal lawsuit alleging that the officer who shot Eric J. Sopp on Nov. 26, 2019, needlessly escalated the encounter […]

Oct 11, 2021

Montgomery County jury awards $1.8M to Uber driver injured in collision

A Montgomery County jury has awarded more than $1 million for the emotional trauma an Uber driver continues to endure after being severely injured in a car crash four years ago when another motorist ran a red light in Fairland. The jury’s award last month of $1.2 million for Raymond Quick’s pain and suffering is […]

Sep 29, 2021

Montgomery County jury awards $1.5M in wrongful death case

The parents of a stillborn child have been awarded nearly $1 million after a jury found that negligence by a Rockville hospital and its obstetrician/gynecologist caused the prenatal death of their son. The Montgomery County Circuit Court jury had awarded $1.5 million to Eva Hernandez Osorio and Elmer Artiga after hearing testimony that Dr. Neil […]

Sep 28, 2021

EEOC sues Baltimore auto dealership alleging gender bias, retaliation

Last September, Jessica Dotterweich says, she discovered she was being paid less than fellow dispatcher Nathan Brown at Jerry’s Chevrolet Inc. in Baltimore and asked her employer why. She was fired a week later, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated in a lawsuit filed Monday alleging the auto dealership violated federal laws prohibiting gender […]

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