Attorney General

Jul 7, 2010

Will the governor come calling?

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler might soon be getting a call from Gov. Martin O’Malley, if he hasn’t already received one, seeking a campaign donation. The governor, in his solicitation, might raise the following points: Gansler is running unopposed for re-election; O’Malley is not. Gansler has campaign money he need not spend on himself; […]

Jun 21, 2010

Gansler, fellow attorneys general send slick letter to BP

The missive Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and 10 of his East Coast colleagues sent Monday to embattled British Petroleum reads like the proverbial lawyer’s letter subtly threatening litigation if the Gulf of Mexico oil spill spreads to the Atlantic Ocean. First, the letter from the 11 attorneys general contains the language of a […]

Jun 17, 2010

Attorney General Gansler to file for re-election

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is filing for re-election. Gansler is scheduled to officially file with the Maryland State Board of Elections on Thursday morning. So far, no opponents have filed to run against Gansler, either in the Democratic primary in September or in November’s general election. The filing deadline is July 6.

May 21, 2010

A different kind of family law

Call this a case of The Magnificent Seven meets All in the Family. Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the junior jurist on Maryland’s seven-member Court of Appeals, dissented this week from the panel’s decision that police lacked probable cause to search a drug suspect’s home despite having a warrant. In her dissent, Barbera cited the Supreme […]

Mar 31, 2010

Md. delegate’s move to impeach attorney general pushed to committee

ANNAPOLIS – An attempt to impeach Maryland’s attorney general devolved into a House of Delegates debate on parliamentary rules, leaving discussion of the impeachment itself to a House committee hearing later Wednesday afternoon. Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., R-Anne Arundel, has for months threatened to impeach Attorney General Doug Gansler after Gansler in January issued […]

Mar 17, 2010

Dwyer Gives Gansler A Shake

Those expecting fireworks between Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., R-Anne Arundel, when the two met before a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday were sadly disappointed. Dwyer, who said he plans to call for Gansler’s impeachment this month, extended his right hand and greeted the attorney general before the committee session. Gansler accepted the ha[...]

Feb 24, 2010

Md. AG’s gay marriage opinion gets mixed reviews

In an advisory opinion, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said the Court of Appeals would likely order that the state recognize as married same-sex Maryland couples who were legally wed in other states.

Feb 23, 2010

Attorney general looking into St. Mary’s College land deal

ANNAPOLIS – Legislative auditors have referred a 2008 land-acquisition deal by St. Mary’s College of Maryland to the criminal division of the attorney general’s office. The college won state approval to purchase the land for $800,000 after neglecting to tell the Board of Public Works the actual sales price was more than twice that, with […]

Oct 6, 2009

Special Tuesday mini round-up

There’s just too much good law-related stuff out there this morning to tell you all about! Here’s a special, miniature (fun size, if you will) law round-up: John Bratt of the Baltimore Injury Lawyer Blog says he’s glad he doesn’t work for Doug Gansler. Bratt noted my colleague Steve Lash’s report that assistant attorney general […]

Oct 5, 2009

This Week in Maryland Lawyer

On the Cover:  Welcome to the first Monday in October! This morning marks the Supreme Court debut of Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Assistant Public Defender Celia Anderson Davis, who will argue over a Hagerstown man’s child sex abuse conviction. The question is whether a request for counsel, years earlier, should have stopped […]

Jul 21, 2009

Maryland molestation case set for SCOTUS opener

The Supreme Court will be packed for Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Assistant Public Defender Celia A. Davis when they argue the case of Maryland v. Shatzer before the justices. The draw will not be the case itself, though it does present an intriguing right to counsel issue. Nor will most of the […]

Mar 23, 2009

This Week in Maryland Lawyer

What effect will the Supreme Court’s ruling on drug-label warnings, Wyeth v. Levine, have in the state’s trial courts? While it will undoubtedly move cases forward, lawyers in Maryland don’t expect a flood of new litigation. As one noted, “There hasn’t been this huge holding back” by trial lawyers here. MICPEL, already struggling with the […]

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