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Mo. high court considers whether Zoom testimony is ‘face-to-face’ confrontation

The Missouri Supreme Court heard a case on Sept. 15 that could determine if a witness’ Zoom testimony violated the defendant’s rights to face-to-face confrontation and cross-examination. Fourteen law professors submitted an amicus brief out of concern for what this ...

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Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension was unconstitutional, attorney says

Maryland’s then top judge violated the state Constitution by suspending the deadline for filing civil claims when she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a civil-defense attorney told Maryland’s top court Monday. In papers ...

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Md. high court will consider school board liability for negligent discipline

Maryland’s top court will consider whether school boards can be sued based on allegations that their negligent handling of student misbehavior caused another student’s injuries. The Court of Appeals this week agreed to hear arguments on whether a 2001 federal ...

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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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