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After high court decision, rules committee ready to act on judicial discipline changes

A district court judge complied with the law and did not commit sanctionable conduct in her handling of a 2015 relationship violence hearing, the Court of Appeals held Tuesday.

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Prince George’s County defeats pupil’s disability claim in 4th Circuit

A public school district’s failure to follow proper procedures in handling parents’ requests for special services does not violate federal disability law if the child is nevertheless provided a free appropriate public education, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a case involving Prince George’s County Public Schools.

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Humanist group urges justices to let ‘Bladensburg Cross’ ruling stand

A group that advocates for a sharp separation of church and state is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand a lower court’s ruling that a 40-foot-cross erected as a war memorial on state-owned land in Bladensburg violates the ...

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Md. court: 911 calls immunize drug users from probation violation

Citing the legislature’s desire to prevent overdose deaths, Maryland’s second highest court ruled Wednesday that people cannot be prosecuted for violating probation if they were discovered using drugs because a concerned bystander made an emergency call to police.

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4th Circuit lets generic drug price-gouging ruling stand

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to disturb a three-judge panel’s decision striking down as unconstitutional Maryland’s law aimed at preventing unwarranted price increases of generic drugs, leaving the state with little options other than to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Md. high court: Parental-termination judges should stick to statute

Court of Appeals

Judges in termination of parental rights cases must make sure their decisions are not clouded by considerations more appropriate for third-party child-custody disputes, such as the certainty of the youngster’s future with adoptive parents, Maryland’s top court ruled this week.

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