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Md. high court faults jury instruction in ‘battered spouse’ case

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

Delving into the issue of domestic violence, Maryland’s top court has ruled that abuse in prior relationships can be evidence of Battered Spouse Syndrome without its victims having to first show they were repeatedly abused by the significant other they ...

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Court disbars Laurel attorney who left client, kept money

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Maryland’s top court has unanimously disbarred a Laurel attorney who accepted a $2,500 fee and drafted a defective counter-complaint before abandoning his client and keeping the money. Wortham David Davenport, who joined the Maryland bar in 1991, also failed to ...

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Md. high court upholds conviction of graduating teens’ killer

The court’s decision, written by Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, addressed the breadth of the prosecution’s constitutional obligation to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision in Brady v. Maryland. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A unanimous Maryland high court has upheld a man’s first-degree murder conviction in the killing of two Montgomery County teenagers on the eve of their high school graduation, saying the prosecution’s failure to disclose the investigators’ interview with a witness’s ...

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Md. high court will hear town’s appeal of national origin bias verdict

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Maryland’s top court will consider whether a Prince George’s County town illegally discriminated against a Palestinian-American towing company owner in awarding a towing contract. The Court of Appeals on Wednesday agreed to hear Riverdale Park’s appeal of a lower court’s ...

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Md. high court upholds rap lyrics’ admissibility in murder trial

"The lyrics are relevant because they bear a close factual and temporal nexus to the details of Mr. Forrester’s murder,” Judge Joseph M. Getty wrote for the majority. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland’s top court Wednesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a jailhouse rap singer who argued in vain that his violent lyrics should not have been admissible at trial despite their eerie similarity to the details of the slaying. In ...

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Md. high court orders review of mental health reports in abuse case

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A Prince George’s County judge must review in chambers the private mental health records of a dead child care worker to determine what if any portion is relevant to a Massachusetts lawsuit alleging his church-affiliated employer’s negligence enabled him to ...

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