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“For all of the attention that’s paid to the risk to judges and others in criminal cases, it’s so important to remind everybody that it is these emotional-laden cases involving families and children (that pose the most danger,” says Andre M. Davis, a retired federal and Maryland state judge. (The Daily Record/File Photo)
Dec 26, 2019

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis announces his resignation

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis has announced he will resign as the city’s primary attorney effective March 1.

Oct 15, 2017

Baltimore native Davis eager to guide hometown through consent decree as new city solicitor

As Baltimore native Andre M. Davis watched the city negotiate a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in the waning days of the Obama administration, he was thinking about a job opportunity he had recently turned down: running the city’s Law Department. Davis, then a senior judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court […]

May 3, 2017

Federal appellate judge Davis named Baltimore city solicitor

Federal appellate judge and Baltimore native Andre M. Davis will be the city’s new top lawyer.

May 6, 2014

Rejected bidders to gain access to more info from city

Arguing a protest before the city's Board of Estimates will get a little bit easier under a proposed resolution before the city's spending panel Wednesday.

Nov 1, 2013

Should city solicitor be an elected office?

In the midst of the City Council's debate on having its own counsel, another idea about the city solicitor's office was proposed.

Nov 15, 2011

City to settle community service lawsuit

The sanitation truck that Alvin Trotter was riding on was reportedly traveling between 10 and 15 miles per hour when his body struck a telephone pole, throwing him off the vehicle and onto the pavement. Not a high-speed collision, by any means, but still a damaging one. “It doesn’t take a very high-speed impact with […]

Jul 8, 2011

Top 5: ‘It is what it is’

A tip-pooling case involving a South Baltimore tavern owner has settled, and the city takes steps to prevent more misconduct in its police department. Those stories and more in this week’s legal affairs top 5. 1. Baltimore tavern owner settles with former employees in tip-pooling case – by Brendan Kearney South Baltimore bar owner Jason […]

May 15, 2011

Baltimore paying the price for police mistakes

Payouts in police-related litigation cost the taxpayers of Baltimore more than $16.8 million from July 2004 through the beginning of March 2011, according to figures released to The Daily Record last week. In addition to citizen run-ins with police, the tally includes at least a few systemic claims, such as the $2.5 million employment-bias settlement […]

Jan 19, 2011

Enoch Pratt library settles discrimination lawsuit

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s $100,000 settlement of an employee’s disability discrimination lawsuit was approved by the Baltimore Board of Estimates Wednesday, but the agreement between the city library system and the woman will have to be modified to remove an errant confidentiality provision. Asked about the deal, plaintiff Joan Bourne’s attorney initially said he […]

Jan 9, 2011

Police lawyer knew deal was subject to MPIA

Less than a month before The Daily Record’s Maryland Public Information Act request for documents related to the then-confidential Yakov Shapiro settlement was denied, the lawyer representing the Baltimore Police Department in the case explained to the attorney for the mistakenly arrested violin teacher that any eventual settlement would be subject to the MPIA. “Additionally, […]

Dec 27, 2010

Top 5: ‘This whole case was a tragedy of cataclysmic dimension’

Brendan Kearney’s story on the Baltimore County music teacher wrongfully arrested on child sexual abuse charges dominated last week’s list of the most-read stories by The Daily Record’s legal team. 1. Settlement terms revealed in wrongful arrest case On the morning of Nov. 29, 2007, Yakov Shapiro was preparing for a day of family and […]

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