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Appellate Courts

Barbera calls for review of witness-identification guidelines

Maryland’s top judge called Monday on the state’s judiciary to consider easing its outdated deference to eyewitnesses’ identification of criminal defendants, saying research and other states’ courts have found such testimony is often flawed regardless of how certain the witness ...

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Supreme Court rules ‘Peace Cross’ can remain standing

A 40-foot cross erected as a war memorial on public land in Bladensburg does not violate the constitutional separation of church and state and can remain standing, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The cross, though associated with Christianity, serves ...

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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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