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American Legion will appeal ‘Bladensburg Cross’ ruling to Supreme Court

The American Legion will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower court’s ruling that a 40-foot-tall cross erected as a war memorial on state-owned land in Bladensburg violates the constitutional separation of church and state, though it is used ...

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Md. top court: Pretrial letter satisfies discharge-of-counsel request

A defendant’s pretrial letter to the circuit court clerk’s office expressing dissatisfaction with his attorney triggers the requirement that a judge ask why and whether he wants to fire the lawyer, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled in overturning child sexual-abuse convictions.

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Frosh urges justices to uphold Md. congressional district

With the Supreme Court poised to rule on political gerrymandering this year, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh urged the justices to uphold a congressional district Republican voters say the state’s Democratic-led General Assembly redrew unconstitutionally to replace a GOP House ...

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Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the government, not more broadly. The justices said that a part of the Dodd-Frank ...

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State’s questioning of defendant’s silence spurs Court of Appeals review

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court will consider whether prosecutors violated the constitutional rights of a subsequently convicted first-degree murderer by questioning him at trial about what he did not tell police after invoking his right to remain silent. The Court ...

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Md. top court to decide whether siblings of participants in Kennedy Krieger lead-paint abatement study can sue

Maryland’s top court will determine if siblings of participants in the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s lead-paint abatement study more than 20 years ago can sue the institute for negligence. The Court of Appeals on Monday granted Kennedy Krieger’s petition for writ ...

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