Trial Courts

Bredar eases mask mandate for vaccinated U.S. court participants

U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar

Fully vaccinated participants in U.S. District Court proceedings in Maryland will be allowed to remove their masks at the presiding judge’s discretion beginning Tuesday, the federal court’s chief judge said, citing sharp reductions in the number of COVID-19 cases and ...

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Montgomery County owes stormwater tax credits, judge rules

Stormwater runoff in Baltimore city. The Court of Appeals last week ruled against environmental organizations which argued the Maryland Department of the Environment's stormwater permits for Baltimore and several Maryland counties were unlawfully vague because the agency did not provide clear benchmarks, guidelines and standards for stormwater. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Montgomery County unlawfully denied stormwater management tax credits to property owners in a Gaithersburg business park because the development’s ponds for handling runoff were not located on their individual properties, the Maryland Tax Court’s chief judge ruled Wednesday. Walter C. ...

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Uber denies legal duty owed to Maryland driver killed by passenger

FILE - This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber acknowledged more than 3,000 sexual assaults occurred during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Ridesharing company Uber’s courthouse denial of legal responsibility for their drivers’ safety drew a strong response Tuesday from attorneys for the three children of an Uber driver killed by a passenger in Oxon Hill in 2019 and who are suing the company for wrongful death.

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Morrissey bans ‘blue line’ imagery on district court judges, staff apparel

Having district court commissioners determine if defendants are indigent would compromise the commissioners’ ability to be neutral arbiters in cases, Chief Maryland District Court Judge John P. Morrissey told state senators Thursday. ‘We are not the prosecuting body,’ he said. ‘We are the neutral body.’(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Maryland District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey has told his fellow jurists and court staff not to wear any apparel that displays the “blue line” of support for law enforcement while they are on duty or on court property, ...

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