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Senate gives initial approval to hate crime, hairstyle bias bills

“The fundamental question about this bill is do you believe in the redemptive quality of the human condition,”  Sen. William "Will" Smith, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said during floor debate on the measure. (The Daily Record/File photo)

ANNAPOLIS – The Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on bills that would ease the standard for proving a hate crime and expand Maryland civil rights law’s definition of “race” to include ethnic hairstyles. On Tuesday, senators gave preliminary ...

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Attorneys file 3 more GTTF lawsuits as deadline looms

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A Baltimore firm has filed three more lawsuits against former members of the Baltimore Police Department’s corrupt, now-disbanded Gun Trace Task Force as the likely deadline to file approaches. The U.S. Attorney’s Office unsealed the indictment against seven of the ...

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Judge preserves claims against prison officials in 2013 inmate beating

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A federal lawsuit against prison officials by a man who was assaulted by correctional officers in 2013 can proceed, a federal judge has ruled. Kevin Younger was assaulted by several officers at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostics & Classification Center (MRDCC) ...

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Jury awards man $25M in Baltimore detention center attack

Two men are seen silhouetted behind the screen of their jail cell at the Baltimore City Detention Center. State officials say budget cuts to the public safety department will not permanently eliminate positions, but the union representing corrections employees is skeptical. (File photo)

A Baltimore jury on Tuesday awarded $25 million to a detention center inmate who sued the state of Maryland after he was savagely beaten in 2014 by gang members as prison guards looked on or away. The multimillion-dollar award may ...

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Two claim medical negligence at Md. corrections facilities

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Two inmates filed suits against the health care provider for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services this week, claiming medical negligence and constitutional violations. Both lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Tuesday, allege negligence by ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Baltimore officers for ’14 shooting

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, a patch depicting the Baltimore Police Department seal is seen on Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle's uniform as he speaks at a news conference in Baltimore. The city has been casting for its fourth police leader in a year while the flailing department faces pressure to bring down violent crime levels that are among the nation's worst. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by a man shot by Baltimore police in 2014, finding the man brought his claims improperly under federal civil rights law. Michael Johansen sued four officers and former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in 2015. ...

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Prince George’s officers claim retaliation since filing civil rights suit

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Some of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging the Prince George’s Police Department discriminates against officers of color are claiming they are facing retaliation at work since the suit was filed. The lawsuit, filed in December, alleges the department is ...

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Man sues Md. prison over alleged lack of hepatitis treatment

The Jessup Correctional Institution. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz).

A man filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging medical providers at a Maryland prison failed to properly document and treat his hepatitis C, leading to long-term health complications. Robert Williams contracted the hepatitis C virus (HCV) while incarcerated at ...

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