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4th Circuit: U.S. courts closed to job bias claims against Md. agencies

Federal courthouse doors are closed to discrimination claims against Maryland state agencies under the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act, a U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a former prison system budget director’s claim he was fired because he is ...

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Md. high court declines to address ‘parent-child immunity’

Maryland’s top court on Tuesday declined to decide whether the prohibition on minor children suing their parents survives the child’s death and bars a youngster’s estate from suing a parent for wrongful death. The Court of Appeals’ refusal to address ...

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Md. high court addresses breadth of ‘parent-child immunity’ doctrine

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court grappled Friday with whether the prohibition on minor children suing their parents survives the child’s death, thus barring a youngster’s estate from suing a parent for wrongful death. The Court of Appeals addressed the breadth ...

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Appeals court affirms $130k verdict against officer for 2015 arrest

The Court of Special Appeals affirmed a $130,000 jury verdict against a Baltimore Police Department officer Monday, finding the trial judge did not abuse her discretion in refusing to ask a proposed question regarding pretrial publicity about the department. Jurors ...

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Md. court: ‘Individualized’ sentencing not needed for juvenile lifers with parole

Maryland judges can sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison with the chance for parole without first considering the killer’s youth and related circumstances, the state’s second-highest court has ruled. Such individualized considerations are required only before a ...

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Appellate court reinstates Baltimore ‘300-foot rule’ for food trucks

Baltimore can resume enforcement of its proximity ban on food trucks that prevents them from operating near restaurants with similar cuisine after the Court of Special Appeals deemed the rule constitutional Thursday. The “300-foot rule” prohibits mobile vendors from setting ...

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Md. court denies ‘unclean’ widow share of husband’s estate

A woman found to have manipulated a grieving, ailing and wealthy widower into marriage was rightfully denied a statutory share of his estate when he died, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday. Emeline Wilson Watkins’ manipulation of Robert F. Watkins Jr. ...

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