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Legalese is for losers


Lexico, the online collaboration between Dictionary.com and Oxford University Press, defines “legalese” as “the formal and technical language of legal documents that is often hard to understand.” I had a chuckle when I read that, given that the purpose of ...

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Sullivan goes down the rabbit hole


Enough already. The commentary on the Michael Flynn-Judge Emmett Sullivan matter makes me wonder whether anyone actually reads filings and cases before they opine on the pages of once-august publications. And it starts with the deeply uninformed op-ed by the former federal ...

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Racism is a public health crisis


MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, is calling for action to address the tragic and ongoing public health crisis of racism in Maryland and across America. The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically demonstrated the health disparities experienced by communities of color. ...

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Ode to the common law


Recently, Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera wrote in State v. Jones: “[W]e adopt today a new rule that will no longer require that accomplice testimony be corroborated by independent evidence to sustain a conviction. We do so in exercise ...

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Challenges for our Main Streets

Joe Nathan Big

Back in the late 1970s, I was working with Baltimore city on the Community Economic Development Program. Among a number of priorities associated with CEDP was augmenting an already existing program, the city’s Commercial Revitalization initiative. This was an effort ...

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