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Civil Rights

SACHINDER N. GUPTA v. MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE (access required)

Civil rights — Free speech — Sovereign immunity Sachinder N. Gupta (“Gupta”), appellant, filed suit in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County against Maryland Environmental Service (“MES”), appellee, alleging a violation of his right to exercise free speech under ...

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City Council passes bill banning ‘gag orders,’ sends it to mayor (access required)

The Baltimore City Council unanimously passed the third reading of a bill Monday that would prohibit non-disparagement agreements, also referred to as “gag orders,” in police brutality and misconduct cases. The bill aims to prohibit settlements with the city that prevent claimants from discussing their experiences with police misconduct in public and with the press.

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EL SOUNDANI ELWAHHABI v. STATE OF MARYLAND (access required)

Civil litigation — Prisoner’s motion to change name — Denial without explanation Shawnte Anne Levy, the appellant, is incarcerated at the North Branch Correctional Institution. She would like the name on her prison identification badge to match her legal name. ...

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DONTAE SPIVEY v. JOHN WOLFE, WARDEN (access required)

Maryland Public Information Act — Request for recordings — Non-existence of recordings In December 2013, Dontae Spivey, appellant, an inmate at the Jessup Correctional Institution (“JCI”), requested that John Wolfe, appellee, the warden of JCI, provide recordings of phone calls ...

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GUY D. HARRIS v. KATHLEEN S. GREEN, WARDEN (access required)

Criminal procedure — Writ of habeas corpus — Legally permissible Guy Harris, appellant, appeals the denial, by the Circuit Court for Carroll County, of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. In response, the State filed a motion to ...

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WILLIE L. BARTON v. RICKY FOXWELL, WARDEN (access required)

Criminal procedure — Writ of habeas corpus — Diminution credits In 1975, Willie L. Barton, appellant, was convicted of first-degree murder following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.1 In 2015, ...

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DAVID BOLDING v. JOSHUA A. KOZAY, ET AL (access required)

Torts — False arrest and deprivation of liberty — Traffic stop After a police officer signaled a motorist to stop, he continued driving for more than 60 seconds, passing numerous places where he could safely stop. The motorist’s conduct led ...

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LARIN GRIFFIN v. FRANK BISHOP, WARDEN (access required)

Civil litigation — Writ of habeas corpus — Deprivation of good-conduct credits On September 29, 2015, Larin Griffin, appellant, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the Circuit Court for Allegany County. Appellant alleged that the Division ...

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CHRISTOPHER McCANN v. BOBBY P. SHEARIN, WARDEN (access required)

Appellate procedure — Untimely appeal — Dismissal On September 26, 2013, the Circuit Court for Alleghany County granted the appellee, Bobby Shearin’s, motion to dismiss the 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint filed by the appellant, Christopher McCann. The appellant then ...

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CHADWICK LESTER v. GREGG L. HERSHBERGER (access required)

Criminal procedure — Writ of habeas corpus — Right to counsel On May 30, 2012, Appellant, Lester Chadwick, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Circuit Court for Harford County against Gregg L. Hershberger, then-warden of the ...

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