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Tag Archives: ACLU

Md. Senate panel considers bill to expand marijuana decriminalization (access required)

Legislation that would nearly triple the amount of marijuana a person could possess before being considered a criminal came before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Wednesday. Under current law, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is a civil ...

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ACLU seeks expedited review of Baltimore aerial surveillance ruling (access required)

Saying time is of the essence when the Constitution is at stake, civil rights groups are urging a federal appeals court to expedite consideration of whether the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city ...

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Baltimore police department: Aerial surveillance constitutional (access required)

The Baltimore Police Department this week defended the constitutionality of its planned use of aerial surveillance of the city, citing BPD’s compelling need to fight violent crime and saying Baltimoreans have no “reasonable expectation of privacy” when walking in public. ...

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Board of Estimates approves ‘spy plane’ program despite protests (access required)

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates narrowly approved a controversial surveillance plane program Wednesday despite complaints from the ACLU of Maryland and the NAACP that it is unconstitutional. Before the 3-2 vote, ACLU attorney David Rocah said it was “absurd” to consider ...

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4th Circuit: Baltimore police settlement ‘gag orders’ violated 1st Amendment (access required)

The Baltimore Police Department cannot impose broad “gag orders” limiting what plaintiffs can say about settlement agreements, a federal appeals court panel ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled by a 2-1 vote ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Hopkins police ballot question (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Maryland State Board of Elections that the law allowing Johns Hopkins University to establish a private police force could not be subject to referendum. Anne Arundel County Circuit ...

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Hogan, Schwarzenegger submit brief urging redrawn Md. district (access required)

Gov. Larry Hogan has joined fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to erase and order the redrawing of Maryland’s westernmost congressional district, saying it was invalidly created by Maryland’s Democratic leadership to freeze out GOP voters ...

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ACLU of Maryland calls congressional district unconstitutionally drawn (access required)

The ACLU of Maryland pressed the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to strike down the state’s westernmost congressional district as unconstitutionally drawn by Maryland’s Democratic leadership to freeze out Republican voters and ensure the election of a Democrat as U.S. ...

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