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Send Maryland tax refund requests by registered, not certified mail, court says

Attention Maryland taxpayers: When mailing an amended return in hope of getting a refund, make sure you send the document to the comptroller by registered mail and be sure to keep the receipt.

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Attempted killer appeals plea deal, cites ‘misadvice’ on Maryland governor’s role

A man who pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the beating and fiery mutilation of an Eastern Shore housemate has urged a federal appeals court to rescind his plea and 40-year prison sentence.

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‘Wrongful death’ applies to loss of life, not years, Md. appeals court says

A doctor’s failure to diagnose a patient’s terminal illness cannot give rise to a wrongful death claim based on the argument that the patient would have lived years longer had the diagnosis been made and life-extending treatment begun earlier, Maryland’s ...

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Supreme Court declines Cumberland zoo’s appeal of pro-PETA ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Cumberland zoo’s bid to recover a lion and two tigers removed from the facility for their safety under a judge’s order issued at the urging of an animal rights group. ...

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4th Circuit rules Baltimore’s aerial surveillance program unconstitutional

The Baltimore Police Department violated the constitutional rights of city residents and visitors when it conducted general aerial surveillance in an effort to fight violent crime last year, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. In its 8-7 decision, the 4th ...

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Foe of Hogan’s anti-BDS order assails loyalty ‘oath’ in 4th Circuit appeal

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring bidders on state contracts to forswear boycotting Israel reflects the early Cold War loyalty oaths forswearing Communism that the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed unconstitutional, a software engineer and would-be bidder who supports ...

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