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Supreme Court declines ex-Md. officer’s First Amendment appeal

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a former Maryland Natural Resources Police officer’s claims he was fired in retaliation for exercising his constitutional right to speak in criticizing an MNRP captain’s behavior and was denied his statutory right ...

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FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington. Federal prosecutors say a retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was arrested Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Texas. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at ...

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Frosh panel seeks right to counsel in evictions, end to body attachments

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis (File photo)

A task force created by Maryland’s attorney general urged the General Assembly Monday to provide a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings and outlaw the courts’ statutory authority to order the arrest and possible jailing of people ...

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4th Circuit concludes Kevin Hart not liable to mobile game developer

Kevin Hart takes part in a panel discussion in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 9, 2020. The 4th U.S. Circuit has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a $7.2 million lawsuit brought against Hart for alleged breach of contract. (AP File Photo/Chris Pizzello)

RICHMOND, VA — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will avoid liability in a suit by business partners who claimed their video game launch was torpedoed by Hart’s admission of an extramarital affair, following a decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Md. high court will hear town’s appeal of national origin bias verdict

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Maryland’s top court will consider whether a Prince George’s County town illegally discriminated against a Palestinian-American towing company owner in awarding a towing contract. The Court of Appeals on Wednesday agreed to hear Riverdale Park’s appeal of a lower court’s ...

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W. Va. lawmaker charged after entering Capitol with rioters

West Virginia House of Delegates member Derrick Evans, left, is given the oath of office Dec. 14, 2020, in the House chamber at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Evans recorded video of himself and fellow supporters of President Donald Trump storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 prompting calls for his resignation and thousands of signatures on an online petition advocating his removal. (Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislature via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia state lawmaker has been charged with entering a restricted area of the U.S. Capitol after he livestreamed himself rushing into the building with a mob of pro-Trump supporters, the Justice Department announced Friday. Ken ...

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Dominion sues Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for $1.3B

Sidney Powell, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, seeking at least $1.3 billion for Powell's “wild accusations” that the company rigged the presidential election for Joe Biden.

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Baltimore County sued over work-release pay at facility

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BALTIMORE — A man who was serving time in jail has filed a lawsuit against Baltimore County, saying it violated federal and state labor laws by not paying him minimum wage and overtime for working at the recycling facility. The ...

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