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State Extends Cigarette-Smuggling CrackdownThe office of the Comptroller of Maryland reported yesterday that enforcement agents have made 33 seizures and arrests since July 1, 1999, in a continuing crackdown on the transporting of cigarettes without Maryland tax stamps affixed. The ...

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4th Circuit Reverses Newspaper Fine

Court documents cannot be sealed without giving interested parties — including the media — an opportunity to object, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held last week.The decision reversed a $500,000 fine against the Wilmington [N.C.] Morning Star for ...

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Union Win at Eastern Shore Plants Is First Against Perdue Farms Inc.

Union organizers who won two of three elections at Perdue Farms Inc. processing facilities on the Eastern Shore last week had an extra reason to savor their victory: it was a national first. “This is actually making labor history,” said ...

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Kelberman Puts Evans on Defensive

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dale P. Kelberman began cross-examining Annapolis lobbyist Gerard E. Evans late yesterday and wasted no time in attacking the picture that Evans painted of himself as an honest, hard-working lobbyist who did not defraud his clients.Evans spent ...

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Should Insurers Get Preferred Pricing On the Cost of Deposition Reporting?

Discounts for customer loyalty or high-volume purchasers are common in industries from the corner sub shop to international airlines. But deposition reporting?A nationwide movement to stop court reporters from giving “any party” (read: insurance companies) a break on deposition work ...

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Two Rape Claims Required Two Trials

Attempting to reinforce the testimony of two prostitutes who said they were raped by the same man on two separate occasions, a Baltimore County prosecutor — who noted that the quality of the complaining witnesses “is not that of a ...

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Circumstantial Evidence Enough to Sustain Second Murder Conviction

A man whose 1997 murder conviction was reversed and remanded for a new trial was not as fortunate the second time around.The Court of Special Appeals yesterday held that the “multiple strands” of circumstantial evidence that the second jury found ...

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Board Rejects Motion to Dismiss Fee FightThe tobacco fee dispute between Peter G. Angelos and the attorney general’s office will remain before the State Board of Contract Appeals a while longer. In a memorandum opinion dated July 5 and released ...

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