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Off the Record with Sloane Brown: Billy Murphy; Murphy, Falcon & Murphy

William “Billy” H. Murphy Jr. and Sloane Brown

William “Billy” H. Murphy, Jr., senior partner at the Baltimore-based law firm Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, joins Sloane Brown to talk about how his family history shaped him as a person, as an attorney and a former judge, and as a prominent civil rights advocate.

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Senate gives initial approval to hate crime, hairstyle bias bills (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

U.S. District Court Greenbelt

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 (access required)

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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