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Nonunion Md. teachers lose bid for refund of dues

Maryland public school teachers who declined to join the state labor union but were statutorily compelled to pay a representation fee are not entitled to a refund on the money they paid before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the compelled ...

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Full 4th Circuit hears challenge to Baltimore’s aerial surveillance

Attorneys for a civil rights group and the Baltimore Police Department battled Monday at a federal appeals court over the constitutionality of BPD’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime and whether the constitutional challenge ended when the pilot program ...

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Good Samaritan law protects drugs users from prosecution, Md. court says

Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law protects from drug possession prosecution not only those who request medical assistance for a suspected overdose but also those for whom help is sought, the state’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday in overturning two heroin convictions. The ...

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Justices will hear appeal of abortion rule Baltimore challenged

Over Baltimore’s objection, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the legality of a federal rule barring taxpayer-funded pregnancy clinics from referring women for abortions. In a brief order, the justices said they will review a 4th U.S. ...

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Md. high court faults jury instruction in ‘battered spouse’ case

Delving into the issue of domestic violence, Maryland’s top court has ruled that abuse in prior relationships can be evidence of Battered Spouse Syndrome without its victims having to first show they were repeatedly abused by the significant other they ...

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Md. women’s group calls men-only registration unconstitutional

A Maryland women’s rights group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a federal requirement that only men register for the military draft. The Women’s Law Center of Maryland Inc. has joined a high court brief ...

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Convicted Md. child molester appeals to Supreme Court

A former Silver Spring elementary school teacher convicted of having sexually abused students has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn his conviction, saying testimony regarding his appropriate behavior toward pupils should have been permitted at trial. In ...

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Challenge to Baltimore’s aerial surveillance survives grounding, ACLU says

A constitutional challenge to the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime last year did not end when the pilot program was grounded in October, despite what the BPD says, the American Civil Liberties Union told a ...

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