Tag Archives: child abuse

Md. high court orders review of mental health reports in abuse case

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Prince George’s County judge must review in chambers the private mental health records of a dead child care worker to determine what if any portion is relevant to a Massachusetts lawsuit alleging his church-affiliated employer’s negligence enabled him to ...

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Justices decline free-speech challenge to Md. abuse-reporting law

In this June 17, 2019 photo, The Supreme Court is shown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a free-speech challenge to Maryland’s law requiring state residents to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. Without comment, the justices rejected Kevin Sewell’s request that they review a Maryland high ...

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Free-speech challenge to abuse-reporting law reaches justices

The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A 32-year-old Maryland law requiring state residents to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement violates the free-speech rights of Marylanders, a defense attorney has argued in appealing a first-degree murder conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. In papers filed ...

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Senate panel kills bill to end time limit on child abuse suits

In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, Del. C.T. Wilson stands outside the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis, Md. Wilson, a survivor of child sexual abuse who has spoken of his experience as he has advocated for laws to protect children, is sponsoring legislation in Maryland to prevent teachers with records of sexual misconduct against students from moving from one school to another. Maryland has taken a step toward joining a growing number of states that have enacted legislation to prevent teachers with records of sexual misconduct from moving from school to school. The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously approved a bill Thursday, March 7, 2019 to ban nondisclosure agreements involving sexual abuse for school employees who have direct contact with children. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

ANNAPOLIS – By the slimmest of margins, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Wednesday killed House-passed legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. The panel’s 5-5 vote ensures that Maryland’s current statute permitting suits ...

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Duty to report child abuse trumps marital privilege, Md. high court says


ANNAPOLIS – The statutory duty of Marylanders to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement trumps the general rule that private communications between spouses are inadmissible at trial, Maryland’s top court ruled Tuesday in reinstating the murder conviction of an ...

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