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Supreme Court declines convicted Md. child molester’s appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a former Silver Spring elementary school teacher’s argument that his conviction for having sexually abused students should be overturned because the trial judge refused to allow testimony regarding his appropriate behavior ...

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Md. high court upholds Baltimore’s billboard tax

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators does not violate their constitutional right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post, Maryland’s top court ruled Monday in upholding the city’s charge. In its 6-1 decision, the Court of Appeals ...

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Biden, Baltimore ask justices to dismiss Trump abortion appeal

The Biden administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to dismiss a Trump-era appeal of a Baltimore-supported decision that struck down a federal rule barring taxpayer-funded pregnancy clinics from referring women for abortions. The high court last month had ...

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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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