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Md. high court weighs impossibility defense in graduation eve slayings

Maryland’s top court grappled Monday over an impossibility defense as it heard the appeal of a man’s second-degree murder conviction for being an accessory before the killing of two Montgomery County teenagers on the eve of their high school graduations. ...

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Medical marijuana panel lacks administrative review, Md. court says

Cannabis growers and processors denied licenses by Maryland’s medicinal marijuana commission may seek judicial review without first mounting an administrative challenge, the state’s second-highest court ruled.

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Md. weapons ban fails strict scrutiny, gun groups tell justices

Maryland’s ban on semiautomatic assault-style weapons violates the constitutional right to bear arms because the blanket prohibition is not narrowly tailored to achieve the compelling governmental interest of public safety, gun rights advocates stated last week in their final bid ...

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Tax sale certificates assignable until deed issues, Md. high court says

Winning bidders at auctions for property on which taxes have gone unpaid can assign their sale certificates to someone else at any time before the deed on the purchased land is issued, a sharply divided Maryland high court ruled last ...

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High court upholds Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension

Maryland’s then top judge acted within her constitutional authority in suspending the deadline for filing civil claims as she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the state’s high court unanimously ruled Wednesday. In its ...

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Getty plans to write book, serve as assigned judge in retirement

Recently retired Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty, who often regales visitors to Maryland’s high court with stories of its history, said he plans to put his words to paper.

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