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Tag Archives: Court of Appeals

Maryland’s retiring top judge recalls ‘sleepless nights’ as she prepares to pass ‘the baton’ (access required)

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera didn't expect to spend her last 18 months trying to keep courts open in an effort to stanch a pandemic.

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Maryland court denies requests to release inmates, detainees

Maryland’s top court on Friday rejected requests from the state public defender’s office and civil rights groups to release low-level juvenile and adult inmates and detainees amid the coronavirus pandemic. The public defender’s office said in its petition to the ...

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Attorney disbarred for misappropriating funds, not attending hearing (access required)

Attorney Samuel Edward Hensley was disbarred Friday by the Maryland Court of Appeals, which found that he had misappropriated funds owed to a client’s medical providers, and that he failed to communicate or provide services to another client by not ...

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Baltimore argues it has no duty to pay 2 GTTF judgments (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Baltimore’s attorneys argued Monday that the “horrific conduct” of the police department’s Gun Trace Task Force officers was so egregious that the city is not responsible for indemnifying the officers against civil judgments obtained by victims. Justin S. ...

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Food trucks ask Court of Appeals to invalidate Baltimore proximity ban (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Food truck vendors made their final plea to invalidate a Baltimore ordinance that bans them from operating near restaurants selling “similar” products, telling the Court of Appeals Thursday that the city cannot provide any rationale for the rule. The ...

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Court of Appeals approves rule to let state vacate unjust convictions (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s highest court adopted a rule Tuesday to establish a process to allow prosecutors to move to vacate convictions they feel they can no longer stand behind. The Court of Appeals, with only six members present due to ...

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Judicial discipline rule amendments prompted by Judge Devy Russell (access required)

Proposed amendments to the Maryland Rules would allow the Court of Appeals to place judges on administrative leave or even suspend them without pay during disciplinary proceedings, changes prompted by the situation in Baltimore involving now-retired Judge Devy Patterson Russell. ...

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Baltimore asks high court to combine 2 GTTF cases on scope of employment

Baltimore will ask the Court of Appeals to fast-track a recent decision finding the city responsible for a Gun Trace Task Force lawsuit judgment and consolidate it with a question already before the high court in a similar case. The Court ...

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