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Court approves actions by Prince George’s council in Walmart zoning case

The Court of Appeals held Tuesday that a Prince George’s County zoning authority was permitted to delegate preparation of a draft order to its staff attorney and properly exercised original jurisdiction in an exception and variance case. The decision will ...

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Syed asks the Supreme Court to review his case

Attorneys for Adnan Syed filed their petition for review with the Supreme Court Monday, arguing the case presents a straightforward issue despite its “eye-catching” nature, which has inspired podcasts and documentaries. The Maryland Court of Appeals reinstated Syed’s conviction in March, ...

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Staples seeks to challenge Md. tax in Supreme Court

Office-supply giant Staples Inc. is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and strike down Maryland’s tax assessment on fees the Massachusetts-based company collects from its Maryland franchisees, saying such taxation of an out-of-state entity violates the Constitution’s Due Process ...

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Maryland high court: Involuntary commitment challenge survives release

A claim challenging a person’s involuntary commitment for mental health treatment does not end with the individual’s release from the facility, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Tuesday, citing the lasting social stigma and possible “collateral consequences” of having been institutionalized. ...

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Md. high court: Burnt-marijuana smell does not justify arrest, search

The smell of burnt marijuana emanating from a car may give police probable cause to search the vehicle but not to arrest and search the occupant unless the officers had probable cause to suspect he or she possessed at least ...

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Court overturns $45M award to landfill firm in Harford Co. dispute

A Maryland appeals court has overturned a $45 million jury award to a company that has battled Harford County for nearly 30 years over the right to use its property as a rubble landfill. The state’s intermediate court ruled that ...

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Md. high court draws parole eligibility line at resentencing

A criminal defendant’s resentencing after a successful appeal can lawfully result in the same period of incarceration, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled. However, the same post-appeal prison sentence cannot be coupled with an increase in the time the defendant ...

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High court defers to MDE, upholds agency’s stormwater permits

The Maryland Department of the Environment validly imposed stormwater-protection standards on two counties more stringent than the counties’ population sizes would generally call for under the law and legitimately mandated that they reduce polluting discharges beyond “the maximum extent practicable,” ...

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