Maryland Correctional Institution inmate injured in attack
HAGERSTOWN — An inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown has sustained serious injuries after he was attacked at the facility. A Washington County 911 supervisor tells the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown that authorities received a call Wednesday reporting that an inmate was unconscious and covered in blood. Maryland Department of Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Gerard [&h[...]
Father: TV crash suspect prone to outbursts
Baltimore County police are charging a man who they say slammed a stolen landscaping truck into a Baltimore-area television station with second-degree attempted murder.
Man who crashed truck into WMAR-TV station arrested
A truck driven by a man claiming to be God rammed a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole in the front of the building as officers searched for the driver, who they said may be armed, according to police and witness accounts.
Pit bull task force talk
The General Assembly's pit bull task force met Thursday for the first time since this summer.
Big guns join the fight over fault
A case pending before Maryland’s top court has attracted national attention as groups representing U.S. businesses, doctors and insurers are pressing the Court of Appeals to preserve a 165-year-old ruling that defendants cannot be held liable for damages if the plaintiffs’ own negligence contributed at all to their injuries.
Jack L.B. Gohn: The drones and the virus – Time to talk, not prosecute
In two extraordinary recent feats of reportage, the New York Times made vital contributions to the national fund of knowledge concerning the national drone assassination program (May 29) and the cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program (June 1). What happened next was both peculiar and disturbing. Though our government continues to refrain from officially admitting it, […]
Law blog roundup
Welcome to the final Monday of spring. Here are some end-of-season news items to get your week started.
4th Circuit hears terror-support appeal
RICHMOND, Va. — Attorneys for a North Carolina man convicted of aiding terrorists while the nation was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks told a federal appeals court Tuesday that his 30-year prison sentence is disproportionate to much lighter punishments handed down in scores of similar cases that followed. Mohamad Hammoud is seeking a new […]
Editorial Advisory Board: Legislature, not court, should decide pit-bull liability
If the Humane Society has its way, the battle over pit-bull liability is headed for the General Assembly. In our view, that’s where the issue should be decided, if not during the special session then in the ordinary course of business. Last month’s holding by the Maryland Court of Appeals that a particular type of […]
Attorney: Zimmerman bail hearing to be held next week
SANFORD, Fla. — Trayvon Martin’s supporters fought for weeks to win an arrest after the 17-year-old was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. Now George Zimmerman’s attorney has begun what could be a lengthy legal battle to free his client from the second-degree murder charge filed in the case. The first step […]
Va. Tech president testifies: ‘I tried my best’
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech’s president on Friday defended his actions during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, saying in court: “I tried my best.” President Charles Steger testified for two hours at a wrongful death trial brought by the families of two students killed during the April 16, 2007, campus attack. The […]
Scientists question anthrax attack findings
HAGERSTOWN — Three scientists say they’re preparing a research paper questioning the government’s conclusion that an Army microbiologist at Fort Detrick in Frederick was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Louisiana State University epidemiologist Martin Hugh-Jones said Monday that the paper is scheduled for publication next month in the Journal of Bioterrorism & [&[...]