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Supreme Court denies Germantown murderer’s appeal

The prosecutors’ failure to recuse “casts a troubling and unnecessary shadow over Kaur’s conviction and sentence to life imprisonment,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, shown at a 2019 panel discussion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand the first-degree murder conviction of a woman who killed her husband’s ex-wife in Germantown but not without a justice’s sharp criticism of the prosecutors’ decision to retry her despite being privy to ...

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Maryland and Virginia drivers owe $373M in DC traffic fines

Traffic flows along interchanges that link the Capital Beltway and I-270. (The Washington Post/Katherine Frey)

Drivers in Maryland and Virginia owe more than $373 million in fines from outstanding parking and traffic citations in the city of Washington. The Washington Post reported Sunday that the fines are for the past four years and were issued ...

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Judge: Census violated order; demands mass text to workers

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, Lauri Dawn Kindness, left, helps a family participate in the U.S. Census as part of a campaign to increase Native American participation in the count, on the Crow Indian Reservation, in Lodge Grass, Montana. A complete count of Montana’s households could come with a big reward: a second seat in Congress and millions of federal dollars annually. But the 2020 census deadline remains in flux, making it uncertain if census takers will finish counting the vast, rural state. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

A federal judge is ordering the Census Bureau to text every 2020 census worker by Friday, letting them know the head count of every U.S. resident is continuing through the end of the month and not ending next week, as the agency previously had announced in violation of her court order.

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Murderers’ ‘duress defense’ applies only to imminent death, Md. court says

FILE - In this June 21, 2016 file photo, a child peers from behind the door of her home, covered with Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang graffiti, in Soyapango, El Salvador. The Maryland Court of Appeals said the sentencing judge validly considered Oscar Cruz-Quintanilla’s 10-year membership in MS-13, a gang so violent – and devoid of any lawful activity – that its initiation involves committing a crime.(AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

Members of violent gangs who kill out of fear they would soon be killed if they disobeyed a deadly order cannot later claim they acted out of duress in order to change a murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, Maryland’s second-highest ...

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Supreme Court to review Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ law

The Supreme Court said that a federal law that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against LGBT workers.
 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Friday it will review a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning another person’s early ballot. The law itself, however, remains in effect through the presidential election ...

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Justices will hear Big Oil’s bid to move Baltimore suit to U.S. court

A flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands April 7. Iran's state TV is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell and France's Total will be the first foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside Iran (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Big Oil’s bid to have Baltimore’s climate change lawsuit against the fossil fuel companies litigated in federal rather than state court. In an order Friday, the justices said they will review the companies’ argument ...

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Naval Academy midshipman sues over discipline for tweets

This 2007 file photo shows the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Kathleen Lange, File)

ANNAPOLIS — A midshipman is suing the U.S. Naval Academy after he was disciplined for tweeting that Breonna Taylor received “justice” when she was fatally shot by police. Midshipman 1st Class Chase Standage, 21, says in the lawsuit that the ...

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Grand jury audio details moments before Breonna Taylor died

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, right, listens to a news conference in Louisville, Ky. Hours of material in the grand jury proceedings for Taylor’s fatal shooting by police have been made public on Friday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police said they knocked repeatedly and identified themselves for a minute or more before using a battering ram to enter Breonna Taylor’s apartment, according to Kentucky grand jury recordings released Friday, then killed her in a rapid ...

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

“We are not asking the court to do anything it hasn’t already done,” said Maryland Assistant Attorney General Carrie J. Williams. (Submitted photo)

Delving into the issue of domestic violence, Maryland’s top court Thursday grappled with whether a judge properly instructed a jury to determine first if a woman suffered from Battered Spouse Syndrome before deciding if she killed her boyfriend in self-defense. ...

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Hogan names attorney Terrence Zic to Court of Special Appeals

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday named Rockville attorney Terrence M.R. Zic to a seat on Maryland’s second-highest court. Zic, a partner at Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP, will succeed retired Judge Alexander Wright Jr., who held an at-large seat on Court ...

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