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Appellate Courts

Md. appeals court: Spousal privilege applies to ‘sham’ marriages

Marrying the prosecution’s star witness to prevent him or her from testifying against you does not constitute witness tampering or obstruction of justice, Maryland’s second-highest court has ruled in allowing an accused murderer to invoke spousal privilege at his upcoming ...

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After mediation fails, college segregation case returns to 4th Circuit

Litigation over segregation at Maryland’s colleges will return to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after six months of court-ordered mediation failed. The 4th Circuit in January ordered the parties, the Maryland Higher Education Commission and a coalition representing ...

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Gun rights groups revive challenge to handgun permit standard

After failing in 2013, gun rights advocates have resurrected their constitutional challenge to Maryland’s handgun permit law, saying its requirement that applicants provide the state with a “good and substantial reason” to carry the weapon outside the home violates their ...

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As council weighs ‘gag order’ ban, city asks for rehearing on ruling

The day after two Baltimore City Council members introduced a bill to ban “gag orders” in police settlement agreements, the city’s lawyer filed a petition to reverse an appellate opinion that found such orders unconstitutional. Council President Brandon M. Scott and ...

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Court of Appeals suspends Rockville immigration attorney for 60 days

Maryland’s top court suspended an immigration law attorney for 60 days Wednesday for failing to properly communicate with a client and improperly managing an attorney trust account. A majority of the Court of Appeals determined that Rockville attorney Raj Sanjeet ...

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