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Md. court reverses assault conviction, cites race-based juror exclusion

Cecil County prosecutors unconstitutionally struck the lone prospective Black juror from an assault case because of her race, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Friday in overturning the conviction of the defendant, who is also Black. In it reported 3-0 decision, the ...

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Teachers, school boards protected from negligent-discipline claims, Md. appeals court says

Neither Maryland public school teachers nor school boards can be sued based on allegations that their negligent handling of student misbehavior caused another student’s injuries, the state’s second highest court has ruled. In a reported decision filed Tuesday, the Court ...

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Maryland’s retiring top judge recalls ‘sleepless nights’ as she prepares to pass ‘the baton’

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera didn't expect to spend her last 18 months trying to keep courts open in an effort to stanch a pandemic.

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Md. high court opens term, will hear sniper, student school board member cases

Maryland’s top court opened its 2021-2022 session Wednesday, a term in which it will take up the appeal of a Beltway sniper in considering whether the state constitution permits violent juvenile offenders ever to be sentenced to life without parole. ...

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Barbera’s final term included First Amendment, lost pet, gangland slaying cases

Maryland’s top court ended its 2020-2021 session Tuesday having issued rulings upholding Baltimore’s billboard tax against a free-speech challenge, limiting the compensation available for a negligently killed pet over a heartfelt dissent for beloved dogs and rejecting the duress defense ...

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Consumer protection law covers debt collectors’ payment request, Md. high court says

Maryland law protects debtors not only against debt collectors who resort to harassment but also those who knowingly or recklessly seek amounts or interest rates beyond that permitted by statute or court decision, the state’s top court ruled Friday in ...

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Appeals court judges: We are not ‘research assistants’

Brief writing is an art form. For those attorneys are still elevating their craft, there are some non-negotiable rules: Do your research, fully flesh out your arguments and make sure the appellate court doesn’t have to pull out a crystal ...

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