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Trial to open today against alleged bootleggersAfter three weeks of revisiting the whys and wherefores of the nefarious 1972 Watergate burglary in relation to a civil defamation case a former DNC secretary filed against Watergate conspirator and talk-show host G. ...

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Defendant had burden of producing acknowledged warrant, CSA holds

A warrant by any other name is still a warrant, the Court of Special Appeals held Friday — and when police have searched and seized evidence with a judicially issued warrant that both parties acknowledge, it is the defendant’s and ...

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Sister without legal custody of teen has standing to sue for child support

A woman who acted as a parent to her teen-age sister after their mother’s death was entitled to seek child support from their father, even without legal custody of the girl, the Court of Special Appeals held Friday.The court acknowledged ...

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Opinion: Making a career in public interest possible

We support current legislation providing for financial assistance for law graduates pursuing public service careers. Although many students enter law school with aspirations of practicing public interest law, many graduates will not be able to afford to do so. The ...

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CSA rejects ‘absurd’ interpretation

Calling a retailer’s claim “absurd,” the Court of Special Appeals on Friday held that a retailer may not qualify for multiple tax credits simply because it maintains multiple stores. Fairland Market Inc. claimed that ambiguities in the tax code permitted ...

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Top court vacates enhancement for convict in murder conspiracy

A sentence of life in prison without parole for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder is an illegal sentence, the Court of Appeals held yesterday, vacating the “without possibility of parole” part of a convicted murder’s second and consecutive life sentence.The ...

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ON RISK MANAGEMENT: Lower your risk of conflict of interest

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

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Protecting the client-protection program

Editor’s note: Isaac Hecht addressed the Conference of Chief Justices at its midyear meeting in Baltimore last week. This column was prepared from his remarks.[IMGCAP(1)]Maryland has one of the best client protection funds in the United States. As of June ...

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Blue ribbon for Baltimore

Baltimore City Circuit Administrative Judge Ellen M. Heller yesterday convened the first meeting of a blue-ribbon task force she has assembled for the restoration the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse and Courthouse East. The task force and several supporters met ...

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Surge in asbestos cases baffles experts In 1967, roofing material supplier GAF Corp. bought Ruberoid Co., a company that in three decades earned a total of just $1 million, but says cost it $1.5 billion in asbestos liability claims and ...

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