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4th Circuit upholds warrantless search, sex trafficker’s conviction

Federal agents unconstitutionally searched a suspected Maryland sex trafficker’s laptop and cellphone without a warrant upon his return to the United States four years ago, a U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday. But the damning evidence was properly admitted at Raymond ...

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Administrative Office of the Courts to appeal order on Case Search ‘key’

The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts will appeal a judge’s ruling ordering it to disclose a key to identify District Court judges in the public Case Search database. Judges’ names are not displayed in District Court cases in the database but ...

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NRA supports Supreme Court challenge to Md. handgun law

The National Rifle Association has backed a Maryland gun rights group’s appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing the state handgun permit law’s requirement that applicants provide the state with a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun outside the ...

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Wright’s retirement creates at-large Court of Special Appeals vacancy

Attention all Maryland trial judges and lawyers over age 30 who have lived in the state for the past five years and yearn to be an appellate jurist: The judiciary will soon advertise for an at-large vacancy on Maryland’s second-highest ...

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MTA police violated Fourth Amendment, appeals court says

Light Rail - Howard Street

The Maryland Transit Administration violated the constitutional rights of light rail passengers when MTA officers put on a show of force in conducting a sweep of the train cars to ensure fares were paid, the state’s second-highest court held Thursday ...

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Justices show interest in self-represented robber’s appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has shown an interest in potentially hearing a self-represented Marylander’s argument that his armed robbery conviction should be overturned because his defense attorney failed to exclude from the jury a juror who acknowledged before trial his ...

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Carroll Co. seeks Supreme Court review of stormwater obligation

The Maryland Department of the Environment imposed upon Carroll County stormwater pollution-prevention standards more stringent than those permitted under the federal Clean Water Act, the county is arguing in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn a decision ...

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High court will consider if ‘defriending’ goes to jury

Maryland’s top court will join a social network and evidentiary rules when it considers whether a jury was properly permitted to hear damning evidence that a Facebook profile owner “defriended” his alleged accomplice just hours after that person was killed ...

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Brady disclosure does not apply to guilty pleas, Md. court says

Maryland prosecutors need not tell defendants about the past dishonesty of the state’s witnesses before a guilty plea is entered, Maryland’s second-highest court has ruled in upholding the drug possession conviction of a man whose main accuser had a record ...

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Court vacates $500K economic damages award in adult child’s death

A $1 million verdict for the mother of a 22-year-old woman who died was cut in half by an appellate court last week after the judges determined there was insufficient evidence to support the economic damages award. A Baltimore city jury ...

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