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4th Circuit revives gun dealer’s challenge to Md. law

A Maryland firearms dealer can pursue its constitutional challenge to the state’s law and regulations requiring would-be handgun purchasers to be licensed before they can buy the weapon, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. Atlantic Guns Inc. claims the Firearm ...

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Court OKs dismissal of late-filed charges against Baltimore police

Administrative charges against 15 Baltimore police officers were properly dismissed because department officials failed to literally sign off on the formal charges within the one-year statute of limitations, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Thursday. In its 3-0 decision, the Court of ...

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Odor-based pot arrests are unconstitutional: Md. high court

Police officers lack probable cause to arrest and search someone for marijuana possession simply for smelling of the drug, because possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a crime in Maryland, the state’s top court unanimously ruled ...

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4th Circuit denies expedited review of Baltimore surveillance ruling

A federal appeals court has rejected a request from civil rights groups that it expedite its consideration of their constitutional challenge to the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city. Without comment, the 4th ...

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Breach of fiduciary duty exists, Md. high court says

Company investors harmed by the business decisions made by the corporation and its majority owner may pursue litigation against them, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Tuesday in stating clearly that Maryland recognizes breach of fiduciary duty as an independent cause ...

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Baltimore killer urges justices to hear ineffective-assistance claim

A convicted murderer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn his conviction because his attorney failed to request a jury instruction on the defense of alibi after four people testified at trial that he was most likely ...

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