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City Council passes bill banning ‘gag orders,’ sends it to mayor

Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young speaks during a news conference announcing a new collaboration in an effort to reduce homelessness in Baltimore City, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Baltimore. Through the initiative, eligible Medicaid participants will receive permanent housing and services they need to prevent a return to homelessness. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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

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

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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WILLIE L. BARTON v. RICKY FOXWELL, WARDEN

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

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

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

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

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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MATTHEW B. ROSE v. MAUNDA WILLIAMS

TORTS -- FALSE ARREST -- PROBABLE CAUSE TO ARREST Matthew B. Rose was arrested in the early morning hours of August 22, 2012 based on Officer Maunda Williams’s belief that Mr. Rose had participated in a high-speed car chase with police. As it turns out, Officer Williams mistook Mr. Rose for a passenger in the car that he and his fellow officers ultimately cut off, but his mistake only became apparent after he detained Mr. Rose and took him into custody. Mr. Rose filed suit against Officer Williams in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, alleging false arrest, false imprisonment, negligence, battery, and a violation of Article 24 of the Maryland Declaration of Rights. Officer Williams moved for summary judgment, the circuit court granted the motion, and Mr. Rose appeals.

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