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Barbera’s legacy includes landmark cases, pandemic management, court reform

Mandatory retirement will require Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera to step down later this year after eight years in the job. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera began her tenure as the state’s top jurist and the Judiciary’s lead administrator in July 2013 by pledging to strive for the “equal, fair and timely administration of justice.”

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Md. high court faults CSI effect instruction, overturns conviction

In approving the proposal to amend Rule 702, the advisory committee was blunt in its criticism of federal courts for not adhering to the previous iteration of the rule.

A judge’s television crime drama-inspired jury instruction that prosecutors need not present forensic evidence to prove guilt was a harmful error, Maryland’s top court ruled Friday in overturning a man’s robbery and assault conviction and 30-year prison sentence. In its ...

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Md. high court hears PG town’s appeal of national origin bias ruling

Maryland Court of Appeals (File Photo)

An attorney for Riverdale Park urged Maryland’s top court Monday to overturn a ruling that the Prince George’s County town illegally discriminated against a Palestinian-American towing company owner in awarding a towing contract. Riverdale Park’s decision to bypass Mamoun Ashkar’s ...

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Md. high court upholds Baltimore’s billboard tax

The high court’s decision was a defeat for Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.’s constitutional challenge to the billboard tax.
(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators does not violate their constitutional right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post, Maryland’s top court ruled Monday in upholding the city’s charge. In its 6-1 decision, the Court of Appeals ...

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