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Q&A – Judge David B. Mitchell

Two years ago, Judge David B. Mitchell took charge of the troubled Baltimore City Circuit Court. As judge in charge, Mitchell has implemented policies and procedures to reduce the number of backlogged cases. The Daily Record recently sat down with ...

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Court denies California power utility lawsuitThe District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled against Southern California Edison’s lawsuit demanding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) return cost-based rates in the state’s troubled wholesale electricity market. The court ...

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ON RISK MANAGEMENT: Docket control: Avoiding the calendar’s malpractice traps

Kay G. Kenny is Assistant General Manager of the Legal Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland. This is the sixth in a series of articles that includes claim prevention techniques, designed to minimize the likelihood of being sued for legal ...

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Car dealer loses lemon law challenge

Call it road rage — minus the road.After six attempts to get his new 1997 Chevrolet Astro van fixed, a frustrated General Motors customer demanded a replacement from the dealer where he purchased it, JBA Chevrolet. But instead of a ...

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Church wins battle over exemption for acreage reserved as open space

A Catholic church in Hunt Valley is entitled to a property-tax exemption on its entire 27-acre parcel, even though more than 16 acres it is undeveloped land that must be maintained as open space, Maryland’s top court held yesterday.[IMGCAP(1)] The ...

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Child death cases to state

Two unrelated Baltimore County cases involving children who died at the hands of their abusers made their way to the Court of Appeals yesterday, as attorneys for the convicted murderers argued that the convictions and sentences are illegal.The state’s highest ...

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Man pleads guilty in girl’s meningitis deathA man who threw a rock through a windshield has pleaded guilty in the death of a girl who succumbed months later to a disease contracted from dirt on the stone. Joey Virgo, 21, ...

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CSA: Police can’t forego Miranda in order to get the right answers

A Montgomery County police officer’s question to a suspect about a large knife discovered during a pat-down search amounted to an interrogation for Miranda purposes — and because the man was not advised of his rights, his motion to suppress ...

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Father, son lose license appeal

A federal judge upheld a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decision that revoked the existing firearms license of an East Baltimore father-and-son gun dealer and denied the son’s application for a new license. U.S. District Chief Judge J. Frederick ...

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New judge takes over Clinton disbarment caseA newly elected judge who was appointed to a state office by then-Gov. Bill Clinton said yesterday he won’t consider withdrawing from presiding over the Clinton disbarment case unless he’s asked. Pulaski County Circuit ...

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