Much like the sacrifice bunt in baseball or the keytar in pop music, the federal appellate court oral argument is slowly fading away.
Three Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case are asking Maryland’s second-highest court to block the state from appealing a lower-court ruling barring another officer from testifying against them. Lawyers for Lt. Brian Rice and officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero attached the motions to Baltimore City Circuit Court filings made public Tuesday. […]
RICHMOND, Va. — Public schools and courts across the country will be closely watching a Virginia case for guidance on restroom policies about gender and gender identity, a lawyer for a transgender teenager said Wednesday after a hearing before a Richmond-based federal appeals court. “In some respects, this will be a bellwether,” said American Civil […]
A proposed light rail system between Bethesda and New Carrollton cleared an obstacle Friday when Maryland’s top court unanimously held that a Chevy Chase resident does not own a section of property along the planned Purple Line. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected Ajay Bhatt’s argument that the fence and shed he […]
In my last blog post, I wrote about the Maryland Rules addressing the broadcast of trial court proceedings and how there seems to be a presumption against such broadcast. Contrast that with another court in Judiciary, the Maryland Court of Appeals. For those who don’t know, the state’s highest court offers both a live webcast […]
In the recent case of Fisher v. Ward, et al., the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that a foreclosure trustee need not be physically present at a foreclosure sale, and that the trustee’s “constructive” presence would suffice. Additionally, the court held that actual prejudice to the party objecting to the foreclosure sale must be […]
In a case involving an accused double murderer, Maryland’s top court will consider how much deference appellate courts owe to a judge’s finding that evidence was collected in violation of a criminal defendant’s constitutional rights.
A Maryland appellate panel has thrown out most of the $8 million in compensatory and punitive damages awarded to the former owner of a Rockville office building from a tenant who allegedly twice forced the landlord into foreclosure because of unpaid rent. The Court of Special Appeals, in an unreported opinion earlier this month, held […]
Maryland's chief public defender asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review and overturn a state high court ruling that police acted constitutionally when they used the DNA sample a homeless man gave them for a rape investigation to link him to an unrelated burglary.
A federal appellate panel has granted a stay of a judge’s decision that would have allowed a Towson University football player to return to the field after suffering a near-fatal heatstroke. The ruling raises the possibility that Gavin Class, who only a few days ago was celebrating his trial-court victory, will miss out on the […]
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated and remanded the sentence of a member of a Maryland-based prison gang charged with multiple counts of murder and racketeering. But the appellate panel’s reasoning in John Adams’ case is unknown beyond finding the “district court committed plain error” because the opinion is sealed. Instead, the […]