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Husband’s Lost Cause

Jeffrey R. Lapides went to court claiming his ex-wife’s lesbian partner slowly undermined his relationship with his teen-age daughter. She told the girl not to talk to him or obey him and interfered with their planned visits together, he said, ...

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Unspecific ‘Tip’ Was Not Sufficient For Warrantless Search of Car Trunk

Rejecting the state’s argument that an informant’s tip provided probable cause to search a car trunk containing nine pounds of marijuana, the Court of Special Appeals reversed the conviction of a man for possession of marijuana with the intent to ...

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‘Reasonable’ Implied in Fee Clause

Despite a provision in a separation agreement allowing recovery of attorneys’ fees, a man who prevailed against his former wife on a breach of contract action could not just submit his lawyer’s bills to the court and expect the judge ...

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Jury’s Award Against Doctor Was ‘Satisfied,’ Not $0.00, CSA Holds

A Prince George’s County doctor who was found liable for medical malpractice cannot escape having judgment entered against him even though the damages were less than the amount the hospital’s owner paid the plaintiff to settle the case before trial, ...

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LAW SUMMARY

Judge Upholds Wiretaps in Prothero Murder TrialA Baltimore County judge yesterday refused to declare illegal the wiretaps that led police to arrest Troy “Fats” White following a Feb. 7 robbery that left off-duty county police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero dead ...

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LAW SUMMARY

Federal Trial in Murders of Three Women BeginsThe murder and kidnapping trial of Dustin John Higgs, 27, accused of ordering an accomplice to fatally shoot three women in Beltsville in 1996, began yesterday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Higgs ...

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Jury Sours on Car Dealership

A Charles County Circuit Court civil jury last week awarded $1.6 million to a southern Maryland woman after it found that Waldorf Dodge committed fraud and breach of contract in selling her a “new” 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck that ...

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Appeals Court Sinks Man’s Plan For Boathouse Over Protected Wetlands

The Maryland Department of the Environment can prohibit a private owner from building a boathouse over tidal wetlands, even though erecting the structure involves neither dredging nor filling, the Court of Special Appeals held yesterday in the case of a ...

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Arising From the ‘Technical Graveyard of the Court System’

Technology is a frequent panacea for all that ails hidebound institutions, but a maverick in the courthouse basement has spent three years doing his best to loosen the hide that binds the court.Leigh B. Middleditch, chief of the state’s attorney’s ...

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