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You can’t find justice here

Unlike the highest tribunals of many states, Maryland’s top court — the Court of Appeals — has “judges,” not “justices.” Remembering this can be a problem for lawyers who also practice in states — such as neighboring Virginia, Pennsylvania and ...

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Symbolism in the Supreme Court’s do-not-enter sign

You are no longer able to enter through the most famous courthouse doors in America. The Supreme Court, citing security concerns, decided to close the bronze doors that lead to the Great Hall, which leads to the courtroom. The decision, ...

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Monday law blog round-up

Happy Monday! Enjoy the following law links: A woman in Bethesda beat her speed camera ticket by forcing officials to admit that the camera had not been checked on the day it issued her ticket, even though the cameras are ...

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How a justice is like a fine wine

There’s research, and then there’s what Montgomery Kosma did. Kosma, co-founder of The Green Bag, reviewed more than 24,000 opinions written by the first 99 U.S. Supreme Court justices and the 1.2 million citations of the opinions that appeared in ...

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It takes a rifle, not a shotgun, to target animal cruelty videos

The Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision in U.S. v. Stevens, striking down a federal ban on animal-cruelty videos as “a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth,” shouldn’t surprise anyone who paid attention to the oral arguments in the case last October, Kimberly ...

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Monday law blog round-up

Happy Monday! Here are a few law links to start your week: The Baltimore no-pork-no-foster-child decision seems “unjustifiable” to Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy. Perhaps the judge in the Constance McMillen gay prom case “should find the entire community ...

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A Supreme Court prediction

Reporters never speculate or predict. We get our sources to do that for us. But while sitting in the State House waiting for Gov. Martin O’Malley to sign bills Tuesday, a Montgomery County delegate who knows of my past life ...

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Monday law blog round-up

Happy Monday! Here are a few law links to start your week–and only a couple of them are Stevens-related! Do you know how hard I had to look for links to keep this from being an all-SCOTUS edition of the ...

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Legislative history loses a fan at SCOTUS

Appellate attorneys who delight in citing legislative history to make their cases will lose a kinsman this summer with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. During oral arguments, Stevens often asks attorneys about what was said during congressional debates that ...

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