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Prosecutors agreed to request sentence modification, not insist on it

Warning to Maryland defense attorneys: When it comes to requests to modify sentences, make sure the prosecution agrees not only to a modification hearing but to join you in pressing for the modification itself. Convicted armed robber Paul Andrew Tatem ...

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Why spam emails are called ‘spam’

In my Maryland Lawyer story today about spam litigation, I mentioned how appellate court decisions in Maryland and California both upheld the constitutionality of the states’ spam deterrence laws. But they also provided as part of their opinions the origins ...

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3rd Circuit grants new sentencing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted police killer and death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, finding for a second time that the death-penalty instructions given to the jury at his 1982 trial were ...

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Justices reinstate mental health lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says Virginia’s advocate for the mentally ill can sue to force state officials to provide records relating to deaths and injuries at state mental health facilities. The justices, in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday, reinstated the ...

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