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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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Inconsistent Positions Inadmissible

A Prince George’s County judge should not have let a woman suing her doctors for malpractice argue that they performed unnecessary surgery on her after she had argued in another lawsuit that the surgery was necessary, the Court of Special ...

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THE PRACTICE A Case of the 22-Year Itch?Gately Moves to Hogan & HartsonMark D. Gately, who was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers as a fellow earlier this year, has joined the litigation group Hogan & Hartson in ...

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Teen Entitled to Best-Interest Hearing Before Removal From Foster Home

A disabled teen-ager will get another chance to convince a Baltimore County judge that he should not have been removed from the foster home where he has lived for the past seven years, thanks to a decision reported last week ...

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Prison’s Refusal to Ease Murderer’s Security Classification OK’d By CSA

An inmate’s suit claiming that prison officials refusal to downgrade his security classification was retaliatory and violated his constitutional rights was properly dismissed by the Circuit Court for Somerset County, Maryland’s intermediate appeals court held last week.Russell J. Campbell, who ...

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Failure of Consideration a Defense To Contract Under Seal, CSA Says

A man who claims he got nothing of value in return for signing a promissory note will get a chance to challenge the document even though it was under seal, the Court of Special Appeals held last week in reversing ...

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