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Md. legislators on standby as murder sentencing scheme faces constitutional challenge

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Since lawmakers repealed the death penalty in 2013, life in prison without the possibility of parole has become the most severe criminal penalty an individual can face in Maryland. Unlike the death penalty, however, life without parole has no standards ...

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Court of Appeals has questions for lawyers on both sides of Freddie Gray cases

Officer Edward Nero, left, Lt. Brian Rice, attorney Ivan Bates and Officer Garrett Miller leave the Maryland Courts of Appeal building in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon. The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in five cases related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray last year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

ANNAPOLIS – The judges on Maryland’s highest court expressed skepticism Thursday that the rights of six officers charged in the Freddie Gray cases would be trampled if the court did not intercede and overturn the trial judge’s interpretations of state’s ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: The weird jurisprudence and constitutionalism of Ted Cruz

I write about policy in this column, not politics, but sometimes a focus on policy inescapably draws one’s attention to politicians. This is one of those times. Nearly 16 months before the next election (thanks to our agonizingly long presidential ...

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Supreme Court to consider Md. ‘piggyback’ policy

In a victory for the Maryland tax collector, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider the constitutionality of a state law that bars Marylanders from deducting, from city or county taxes, any tax they paid to other states on money earned there.

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