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Declaratory Relief Can’t Determine Value of Property to Be Condemned

A Prince George’s County judge should not have heard a private utility company’s declaratory judgment action that challenged a statute setting forth procedures to calculate just compensation in condemnation proceedings, the Court of Appeals has held.In an opinion issued Wednesday ...

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Fourth Circuit’s ruling for wolves draws sustained fire from farmers

Proponents of states’ rights have won significant victories in the U.S. Supreme Court in the last several years, succeeding in striking down a federal ban on guns near schools as well as part of the Violence Against Women Act that ...

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Top Court Affirms Murder Conviction Despite Error in Co-Defendant’s Trial

A trial judge erred in barring a murder defendant’s lawyer from a co-defendant’s trial, but the error did not warrant reversal of the client’s conviction, the Court of Appeals held yesterday.The trial judge did not realize that the lawyer had ...

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No Assets to Pay Slander Victim, Sharpton SaysThe Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday said he cannot afford to pay $65,000 to the former prosecutor he slandered with comments about the faked abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl. “I keep hearing ...

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Landfill Fight in Anne Arundel Not Over; Special Exception Didn

A 10-year-old legal battle over a proposed rubble landfill in Odenton got a new lease on life after the Court of Special Appeals overturned the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, which ruled in 1998 that a special exception zoning ...

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Public Safety and Public Defender Strike Deal to Fix Video Bail Gear

Detainees in Baltimore’s downtown jail won’t be bused to a courtroom for bail review hearings following an agreement hammered out yesterday between the state’s Public Safety Department and the public defender.[IMGCAP(1)]Stuart O. Simms, secretary of the Department of Public Safety ...

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Top Court Upholds Statutory Time

The Court of Appeals has dismissed two petitions that put a Patterson High School student on indefinite probation over two incidents of fighting alleged to have occurred in December 1997 and September 1998. In a case of first impression in ...

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Federal Jury Gives Project Life $12

A federal jury in Baltimore has awarded $12 in damages to Project Life Inc. after deciding last week that the state discriminated against its USS Sanctuary when the Maryland Port Administration denied a berth to the shipboard drug-abuse clinic for ...

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Actress Sues Over Unwanted Role

A Florida woman who describes herself as a model and actress claims a prominent Baltimore area plastic surgeon performed unauthorized surgery on her and violated her privacy by selling videotapes of the procedure without her permission.She further claims the 10-hour ...

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Judges in Baltimore Feel the Effects Of Mitchell Courthouse Deterioration

Two months after Baltimore’s bench and bar celebrated the gala centennial of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse — and weeks after a Legionnaire’s Disease scare — the deteriorated condition of Baltimore City Circuit Court’s two courthouses continues to dog ...

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