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Appellate Courts

High court to consider host’s liability for death after underage-drinking party

In a case involving a 17 year old boy’s death, Maryland’s top court will consider whether a parent allegedly hosting an underage drinking party owed a legal duty to the young attendees such that he or she can be held liable for the death of a drunken partygoer.

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High court weighs right to union rep in criminal investigation

Maryland’s top court publicly kicked off its 2015-2016 term Wednesday by considering whether union members have a right to union representation when being investigated by their employers for possible criminal conduct.

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Court: No relation by blood, no visitation rights in same-sex divorce

Michelle and Brittany Conover weren’t married yet when they decided to have a child together — in fact, they couldn’t legally marry yet. But the two were in a long-term relationship, and they planned to raise their son together: Brittany ...

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Court of Appeals: Judges must appoint counsel if public defender is discharged

Circuit court judges must appoint counsel for indigent criminal defendants who fire, with the judges’ approval, not only their public defender but the Office of Public Defender and still want an attorney, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled.

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Panel gives Hogan three candidates to consider for Court of Appeals

Gov. Larry Hogan will mull over an appellate judge, a trial judge and a private attorney as he considers whom to name to the Maryland high-court seat left vacant when Judge Glenn T. Harrell Jr. reached the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 on June 27.

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