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Law Digest — US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit — Nov. 12, 2020

US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Search & Seizure; Aerial surveillance: District court properly denied request for preliminary injunction seeking cessation of Baltimore Police Department’s aerial surveillance program, since the program, which does not search a person’s home, ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Nov. 5, 2020

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Administrative Law; Judicial review: For purposes of judicial review, where the administrative record and the county planning board’s final determination reflected that, in considering a preliminary plan submitted for its approval, the planning board considered ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Oct. 29, 2020

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Criminal Law; Witness tampering: Where defendant married potential witness for State with intent to have her invoke spousal testimonial privilege to prevent her from testifying at trial, evidence was sufficient to support convictions for witness ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Oct. 22, 2020

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Criminal Procedure; Miranda warnings: Where, during a custodial interview conducted by a police detective in the defendant’s native language of Spanish, the defendant gave no indication that he was confused or did not understand anything ...

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Law Digest — Court of Special Appeals — Oct. 15, 2020

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Commercial Law; Lending fees: Section 12-121 of the Commercial Law Article, which prohibits a “lender” from imposing a property inspection fee “in connection with a loan secured by residential property,” applies to assignees of the ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Oct. 8, 2020

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Administrative Law; Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights: In a police disciplinary proceeding, although the administrative board transmitted its recommendation for a penalty for a police officer’s misconduct to the police commissioner’s office on September ...

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Law Digest — Court of Special Appeals — Oct. 1, 2020

Maryland Court of  Special Appeals Civil Procedure; Discovery deadlines: The circuit court did not abuse its discretion in striking a critical witness when the party’s failure to meet the scheduling order deadlines resulted from an indefensible lack of diligence because, ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Sept. 24, 2020

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Administrative Law; Zoning application: An agency’s decision to deny an application for a special exception on the ground that procedural timeframes were not followed was arbitrary and capricious because the government waived the timeframes when ...

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Law Digest — Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals — Sept. 17, 2020

Maryland Court of Appeals Professional Responsibility; Disbarment: Disbarment was the appropriate sanction for a Maryland attorney who commingled personal and client funds in his attorney trust account, used the funds in his attorney trust account for personal and familial financial ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Appeals — Sept. 10, 2020

Maryland Court of Appeals Administrative Law; Due process: Under Health-General §10-708, the Maryland Department of Health is authorized to involuntarily medicate an individual for the purpose of restoring competency to stand trial, provided the Department complies with requirements of due ...

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