4th Circuit affirms judgment against Sojourner-Douglass
The fight to save Sojourner-Douglass College, which was forced to shut its doors in 2015 after losing accreditation, was dealt another blow Thursday as the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a federal judge’s summary judgment ruling dismissing the case. Sojourner-Douglass’ accreditation was withdrawn June 30, 2015 after a nearly four-year process with the Middle […]
Gun-rights advocates will challenge Md. assault-weapons ban in Supreme Court
Gun-rights advocates will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional Maryland’s ban on military assault-style weapons.
4th Circuit to consider damages cap in police trainee shooting suit
A police trainee who lost an eye after being shot during a training exercise is challenging a federal judge’s ruling that he cannot receive more than $200,000 in damages under a state torts claim. Attorneys for Raymond Gray refused the settlement in March after it was approved by Baltimore’s Board of Estimates saying it was […]
Attorneys appeal Baltimore cellphone-tracking case to Supreme Court
Saying individuals have a right to privacy when using their cellphones, attorneys for two convicted Baltimore bank robbers are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule
Prosecutors move to dismiss most of Jeffrey Cohen’s federal appeal
The federal government has requested that the bulk of former insurance adjuster Jeffrey B. Cohen’s appeal of his conviction and sentencing for insurance fraud and obstruction of justice be dismissed because he waived his appellate rights by entering a plea agreement. Cohen pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, false statements to insurance regulators […]
Sojourner-Douglass continues fight to reinstate accreditation
One year after losing its accreditation over financial difficulties and then unsuccessfully suing to get it back, Sojourner-Douglass College is appealing a federal judge's decision to grant summary judgment in favor of the accrediting body.
Md. redistricting challenge moves forward in federal court
A challenge to Maryland’s congressional redistricting map resurrected by the Supreme Court can proceed after a motion to dismiss was denied Wednesday by a three-judge panel. The plaintiffs raised their First Amendment challenge to the redistricting after then-Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the new map into law in 2011. Of Maryland’s eight congressional districts, seven are […]
4th Circuit goes 3-for-6 at Supreme Court; Md. cases 2-for-4
The intermediate U.S. appeals court that reviews federal cases from Maryland and four nearby states batted .500 at the Supreme Court this past term.
Jeffrey Cohen’s pro se filings continue despite appellate counsel
Former insurance executive Jeffrey B. Cohen continues to file motions and requests to the court himself despite having counsel appointed for an appeal related to his criminal conviction. Opening briefs were due to Tuesday to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but Cohen’s appointed counsel requested an extension last week to deal with the […]
Frosh seeks 4th Circuit en banc review of gun-control ruling
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s attorney general has appealed a decision by a three-judge panel that sent the state’s assault weapons ban back to a lower court for review. Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Friday the state has asked the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. Frosh is asking for the rehearing […]
Ex-Va. governor to appeal convictions to Supreme Court
RICHMOND, Va. — A lawyer says former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will appeal his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court. Shortly after a federal appeals court said on Tuesday that it wouldn’t revisit the case, McDonnell attorney Henry Asbill declined to say whether his client will have to report to prison. The 4th […]
Harassment by third parties can create exposure
A recent decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corp., serves as a reminder that employers can potentially be held liable not only for sexual or other harassment perpetrated by their own employees, but also for harassment carried out by third parties, such as employees of customers, vendors or other business associates.